Oncology is a branch of science that deals with the study of cancer. It is concerned with:
Medical Oncology is a sub-specialty of oncology that focuses on treatment of all types of cancers. Treatment under medical oncology is primarily undertaken with drugs i.e. chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and targeted therapy.
Medical Oncology is one of the most common types of oncology that majorly deals with the treatment of solid tumor. On the other hand, Hematology deals with the treatment of malignancies and blood disorders. Radiation and Surgical Oncology, though similar to Medical Oncology, deal with the removal of tumor through radiation process and surgery respectively.
Medical oncologists are physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating cancer (solid tumors) with pharmacotherapy or in conjunction with a surgical or radiation oncologist.
A medical oncologist is responsible for the overall health and care of a cancer patient. A medical oncologist’s role includes the following:
A medical oncologist is generally backed by a multidisciplinary team which specializes in different areas of oncology.