The patient pathway
The gynaecological cancer service is co-ordinated by the Gynaecology Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) who have a dedicated interest in the management and treatment of gynaecological cancers. The MDT provide specialist advice not only for patients from Leeds but also those who are referred from Airedale, Harrogate, Bradford, York, Calderdale, Dewsbury, Wakefield and Pontefract hospitals. The MDT administrative team provide invaluable support to ensure the service runs smoothly.
The gynaecology nurse specialist team provide support to each individual through the patient pathway from diagnosis, to treatment and follow up including supportive care.
Once a patient has been referred to the gynaecology MDT the decisions that need to be made with regards to the diagnostic tests required and the potential treatment options available are made at the weekly MDT meeting. Patients are seen in clinic or rung by the gynaecology nurse specialist following the MDT meeting to discuss the options throughout the pathway of care.
Patients are encouraged to ask any questions or raise any concerns during the clinic consultations and the team will do their best to help with any concerns. Written information is provided to patients about the diagnosis and treatment plan. Patients are given a copy letter of the consultations as a record.
Additional support and information can be helpful and is worth discussing this first with a gynaecology nurse specialist to see what is the most appropriate intervention.
There is a strong commitment to research and the MDT actively recruits to a number of multicentre clinical trials.