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Follicular lymphoma

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who do you see regarding chemo.

hematologist or oncologists 

is it two separate appointment or decided at MDT meeting 

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Hi 29 marge,

Thanks for getting in touch and welcome to our online community. It can be confusing when you’re first diagnosed with cancer. As well as trying to understand the medical ‘jargon’, you’re also trying to understand the members of the MDT.

A Clinical Haematologist is a specialist in the study of diseases and cancers of the blood and bone marrow, and how to treat them. They investigate and treat both malignant and non-malignant diseases of the blood and bone marrow.

If chemotherapy is required for any of these conditions, the Haematologist would prescribe and monitor the patient as they are the specialists within this area.

Oncologists specialise in solid tumours. They are specialists within this area depending on where the tumour is in the body. Clinical Oncologists are then sub-categorised into 3 main areas:

Medical Oncologists are specialists in the treatment of medicines for cancers including chemotherapy.

Surgical Oncologists focus on the surgical including the biopsy, staging of the cancer and the surgical resection.

Radiation Oncologists focus on the Therapeutic treatment of Radiation.

You didn’t mention what cancer your looking for information about but if it is a blood cancer, it may also help to look at Blood wise, an informative website for all blood cancers.

We have an online community too which has information on each specific cancer and group forums. If you think it may help you can also chat to our Macmillan Information Nurse Specialists on our Support line. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

Take care and best wishes

Gail-Macmillan (Cancer Information Nurse Specialist)
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Thank you I understand the difference  now

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Hi and a second welcome from me and a great answer from Gail.

I am Mike and help out on our various Lymphoma Forums. Talking with people on the same journey can help a lot.

We actually have a dedicated Follicular lymphoma Forum where you can meet up with folks who are going through or have been through treatment so you can ask questions and get some support.

Follow the link above and join the group by hitting the ‘Join the Group’ tab just under the main group name. At this point select how you want to receive email notifications when someone answers your posts.

You can either go to the 'Start a Discussion' tab just under the main group name. Set up your own Discussion and introduce yourself to the group - you could just copy an paste what you have in this first post. You can also have a look through the various threads by going into the ‘Discussions’ section.

When you feel up to it try putting some information in your profile. This really helps others when answering. It also means that you don't have to keep repeating yourself. Just click on YOUR username, select 'Edit Profile'. Put as much or as little in your profile and you can amend it at any time - you can see members profiles by hitting our forum names.

I will keep an eye open for you on the FL Forum..

Mike - Thehighlander

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