Who is who – healthcare professionals you may see

See http://actionbladdercanceruk.org/whos-who/

  • Care Team – a team of healthcare professionals who will manage your care. (Also see Multidisciplinary Team)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist or CNS – a nurse who is an expert within a specialty – for example cancer, urology, bladder cancer, palliative care.  A key person during your treatment for bladder cancer and often your main contact for information and support, you may often see a Urology Nurse practitioner during your treatment
  • Continence Nurse or Advisor –  a nurse with special training in bladder issues who can support and advise those who have incontinence
  • Key Worker – your designated point of contact for your care team
  • Multidisciplinary team (MDT) – a specialist team of healthcare professionals with different kinds of skills and experience.  The team might include urologists, oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and specialist nurses 
  • MDM or multidisciplinary meeting – the MDT meets to discuss every patient when they are diagnosed. This is to ensure that patients are offered the best treatment for their individual needs
  • Oncologist – a doctor who specialises in treating cancer with drugs or radiotherapy
  • Medical oncologist – a doctor who specialises in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and biological therapy.
  • Radiation oncologist – a doctor who specialises in using radiation to treat cancer
  • Pathologist – a doctor who specialises in examining tissue samples and body fluids to study the nature and causes of a disease
  • Radiologist – a doctor who specialises in carrying out and examining scans of the body
  • Stoma Nurse – a nurse with special training to care for and advise those with a stoma – such as a urostomy
  • Urologist – a doctor who specialises in diagnosing and treating problems in the male and female urinary tract and male reproductive organs
  • Urology multidisciplinary team – a specialist team of healthcare professionals with different skills and experience who specialise in problems in the urinary tract
    • Specialist urology multidisciplinary team – a specialist team of healthcare professionals with different skills and experience who manage more complicated types of bladder cancer