Your health care team
Everyone has different needs depending on their symptoms, condition and the severity of their disease. Therefore, it is important that you see a range of health professionals who are experts in their fields to ensure that you receive the best possible care. Learning about the individual roles of the different health professionals is important so you can identify who needs to be a part of your health care team. It is also important to know this because an essential part of being an effective self-manager is having a team you trust and with whom you feel confident talking about your treatments, needs and wishes. Members of your health care team will be located across many different health care settings, for instance the hospital where you have your treatment, general practice where you see your local doctor, and community health networks such as Lung Foundation Australia. Members of your health care team can include a respiratory physician, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, surgical oncologist, palliative care physician, lung cancer nurse, social worker, pharmacist, psychologist, physiotherapist, and your General Practitioner (GP).