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What is an Oncologist?

An Oncologist is a medical professional who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of Cancers. There are three main fields of Oncology, Medical Oncology, Surgical Oncology and Radiation Oncology.

When to see an Oncologist?

You may need to see an Oncologist if you have been diagnosed with cancer in order to find out the best treatment options available for you. Clinical Oncologists are qualified to administer radiation therapy, whilst Medical Oncologists administer Chemotherapy, Endocrine (hormonal) Therapy or Immunotherapy if suitable.

Information on sub-specialties

  • Radiotherapy- Radiotherapy, or radiation therapy, is therapy using ionizing radiation, usually X-rays, to damage the DNA of cancer cells. It is usually part of treatment plan for cancer, either benign or malignant tumours. Radiotherapy can be used to cure cancers (curative), control symptoms (palliative), shrink a tumour before surgery to reduce risk (neoadjuvant), kill remaining cancer cells after surgery to prevent cancer from coming back (adjuvanant) and kill old bone marrow cells to prepare for bone marrow transplant (total body irradiation). It can also be coupled with chemotherapy – usage of chemical substances, synergistically.

Common conditions treated by an Oncologist

Common procedures performed by an Oncologist

Disclaimer

This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Doctify Limited has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but makes no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. In the event of an emergency, please call 999 for immediate assistance.

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