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The Role of the Multi-Disciplinary Team

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women throughout the world. Internationally, it is widely accepted that breast care should be provided by breast specialists in each discipline and that multidisciplinary teams form the basis for best practice.

Although surgery plays a central role, treatment usually involves multiple specialities and needs to be individualized according to the patient and their requirements. A multidisciplinary team includes breast surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists and pathologist.

It may also involve genetic counselling, nuclear medicine, physiotherapy and clinical psychologists amongst others. Each patient should be presented in a meeting of this comprehensive team to decide on the optimal, individualized treatment plan.