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Knowing the 5 types of Oncologists

Cancer, as a disease has witnessed phenomenal transformation and improvement in the last five decades and Medical science shows sufficient proof that it will improve further in the upcoming years. While that’s good news for patients and oncologists, it also means that there will be more intensive study and sub-division of specialties, in order to be able to render maximum care and treatment to patients. Considering that cancer is one of the leading causes for death, as a patient it is necessary to have a thorough understanding of the types of oncology specialists and what how they can help their patients.

5 Types of Oncology Specialists

The oncologist is involved with patient care from the time the cancer is diagnosed, through its treatment and afterwards. Though it is a financially rewarding medical profession, oncologists almost always deal with extremely sick patients and have to play the role of offering compassionate care to the patient and solace to his/her family members.

Medical Oncologist: Probably the most commonly visited oncology specialist, the medical oncologist usually coordinates with the patient’s general treatment and other specialists while offering treatment. They usually specialize in offering treatment for solid tumors and can be seen administering chemotherapy and immunotheraphy. They may even try oral chemotherapy in order for the cancer cells to stop from growing and dividing. For the removal of the tumor, they often refer to oncology surgeons.

Surgical Oncologist: The surgical oncologist is basically a general surgeon trained in oncology and tumor removal, who performs surgery for removing cancer tumors or tissues. In order to surgically manage the cancer they often perform biopsy to diagnose cancer.

Radiation Oncologist: Similar to a medical oncologist, a radiation oncologist performs radiations in order to remove the cancer tumor by making use of high energy X-rays.

Gynecological Oncologist: They are specialists at diagnosing and treating cancers in the female reproductive system such as cervical cancer, ovarian and uterine cancer. These specialists are gynecologists first and then acquire additional medical qualifications and fellowship training in oncology.

Pediatric Oncologist: A specialist at treating cancer in children, they usually render services as a medical, radiation and surgical oncologist to children. Certain cancers like leukemia have the propensity to occur more in children but can at times occur among adults. Due to their experience, in times like these, they can offer treatment to adults as well.

In a research by ASCO it was discovered that by 2025 it is likely that there will be a shortage in demand-supply of almost 1487 oncologists in the United States alone. It can therefore be said that as a medical specialty, oncology and its related fields are highly in demand. Patients having undergone cancer treatment often require the additional help of psychiatrists (for offering them help on overcoming the trauma of cancer treatment), plastic surgeons (for restorative surgery for removing scars), dermatologists (for issues related to falling hair and skin darkening) among others.

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Knowing the 5 types of Oncologists


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