A multidisciplinary team (MDT) is a team of doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals with expertise in the relevant cancer types. MDT care is considered best practice in the treatment planning and care for patients with cancer. MDT involves all relevant health professionals discussing options and making joint decisions about treatment and supportive care to develop a personalised treatment plan, taking into account the personal preferences of the patient. A team approach to cancer care can reduce patient mortality and improve their quality of life.
Health care professionals can also benefit from a team approach, in terms of interdisciplinary collaboration, education and peer support opportunities.
Cancer Australia is committed to improving the uptake of multidisciplinary cancer care, using lessons learned from a number of key national projects.