Medical Oncology

Medical oncology is the branch of medicine that deals with cancer. A medical physician who practices oncology is called an oncologist.  Medical oncology is concerned with the diagnosis of any type of cancer in a person, as well as the therapy required for treatment (surgery, chemotherapy or radiation), palliative care (for terminal patients) and the on-going screening one will need to receive to ensure the cancer has not returned or moved to another part of the body. There are several types of specialties and sub-specialties within oncology. Typically, an oncologist will develop an interest and expertise in the management of a particular type of cancer.

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