Cancer treatment in the United Kingdom has changed considerably in the last few years. There are some variations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, however the general principles below apply across the UK.
Upon suspicion of ovarian cancer women are referred to a specialist gynaecological oncology team. The team is multi-disciplinary (MDT) – that is to say it is made up of surgeons, physicians, radiologists, pathologists and specialist nurses, all of whom have a particular interest or skills in ovarian cancer. The MDT will be based in a regional centre, but members may travel to local hospitals to provide care or run clinics.
The team will review particular circumstances and following discussions will make recommendations for how the cancer should be treated. They will also consider clinical trials that are running in their area and whether the patient would be suitable to join. Following these deliberations patients will be offered some choices for treatment, along with their recommendations.
All MDTs operate under the guidance of national guidelines and protocols. If you would like to learn more about these please see below:
Ovarian cancer care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issues guidance which governs which treatments are available for use by the NHS. NICE gives guidance on the diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer, see the link below:
You can call the Ovacome support line on Freephone 0800 008 7054 if you want to talk about NICE guidance and how it affects you.