The aim of the skin cancer multidisciplinary team (MDT) is to provide a high quality multi professional approach offering individualised care to all patients with a skin cancer. The Skin cancer team treat melanomas, squamous cell carcinoma and other rare non-melanoma skin cancers including atypical fibroxanthoma.
Following a diagnosis of a skin cancer, patients and their carers will receive support and treatment from the skin cancer team.
The team is made up of a multi-disciplinary group of professional and clinical personnel whose aim is to care for patients with skin cancer.
It is essential that communication is effective, therefore the skin multidisciplinary team (MDT) hold a fortnightly meeting at Solihull. In this meeting we discuss all skin cancer patients and review their histology, radiology and other investigations patients may have had. This allows the team to decide the most appropriate treatment for individuals based on best evidence and best outcomes.
Following the MDT meeting, each patient will receive an appointment to see their consultant and/or key worker (clinical nurse specialist) to discuss and plan the treatment decided by the team.
The role of the Skin Cancer Specialist Nurse
Within the skin team we have three clinical nurse specialists. Their role is to act as a key worker and care for patients with skin cancer. The Nurses will provide you with ongoing support through your cancer treatment and can provide you and your carers with advice and information about investigations, procedures, treatments, support organisations and any other services you may benefit from.
The Role of the Cancer Service Coordinator
The Cancer Service Coordinator organises both the MDT meetings and investigations and treatment for patients with Skin cancer, ensuring the team is working to Department of Health standards and to government targets for patients with cancer.