Many types of health care worker are involved in providing assessment and treatment for people with cancer. These may include doctors such as surgeons, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, specialist physicians, geneticists and general practitioners, and a vast array of allied health providers including nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, exercise physiologists, speech therapists, radiation therapists and home visiting services including Silver Chain. Dr Clay works in collaboration with people from these fields as part of your treatment team.
The treatment you are prescribed will be based on the best available scientific evidence, together with an assessment of your fitness and other medical conditions, a discussion around potential side effects, and in accordance with your wishes. The aim of any treatment is to maximise survival, maintain or improve quality of life and prevent or minimise any possible side effects. Dr Clay is very happy to involve people who are important to you (such as your family or friends) in your decision making process if you wish.
The possible treatments you may be offered include chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, targeted therapy and/or immunotherapy.