Multidisciplinary team (MDT) for laryngeal (larynx) cancer

A team of health professionals will work with you to plan the treatment that is best for you.

A team of specialists meet to discuss the best treatment for you. This team is called a multidisciplinary team (MDT). It includes:

  • an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon – a specialist in treating cancer of the larynx
  • a plastic and reconstructive surgeon – a surgeon skilled in rebuilding tissue in the head and neck
  • a cancer doctor (oncologist) – a doctor who specialises in cancer treatments, such as radiotherapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy
  • a therapeutic radiographer – who works closely with the doctors to plan and give radiotherapy
  • a radiologist – a doctor who specialises in reading scans and x-rays
  • a pathologist – a doctor who specialises in looking at cells under a microscope and diagnosing the cell type
  • a specialist nurse – a nurse who gives support and information about the cancer or treatment
  • a speech and language therapist (SLT) – a therapist who specialises in helping with communication and swallowing problems
  • a dietitian – someone who gives advice about getting all the nutrients your body needs
  • a restorative dentist – a specialist dentist who makes sure your teeth look as normal as possible, and work as naturally as they can.

The MDT often includes a number of other healthcare professionals. These may include:

  • a dentist
  • an oral hygienist
  • a physiotherapist
  • an occupational therapist
  • a psychologist or counsellor.

After the meeting, one or more of the team will explain your treatment options to you and answer any questions you have. It may help to bring a list of questions. You might also want to bring a family member or friend with you to the appointment.