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What's the type of work done by medical vs heme oncologist?

What's the type of work done by medical vs heme oncologist?

Overlap: Medical oncologist technically deal with only malignancy and medical issues caused by cancer.
Heme/onc doctors are trained in both hematology and oncology and treat cancers and other blood disorders. Most medical oncologists are heme/onc.
Some hematologists specialize in blood malignancy and do not treat other cancers. They are technically heme oncologists. ...Read more

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Are oncologists assigned to treat specific types of cancer? How does that work?

Are oncologists assigned to treat specific types of cancer? How does that work?

Some subspecialize: Depending on their practice, an oncologist can focus on one type of cancer (i.e. Breast) or treat a broad array of cancers. Medical oncology training includes a broad knowlege base of a cancer treatment and is not limited to one type of cancer or one organ system. ...Read more

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If I become and oncologist in america. .. Can I work in australia or do I have to go to school over in australia?

If I become and oncologist in america. .. Can I work in australia or do I have to go to school over in australia?

Depends: To go from one country to another depends on the country's laws. You will have to take the country's licensing exam, possibly do an abbreviated training to become accustomed to practices and regulations there, and then be allowed to practice. Yes, you have the same knowledge but it's the regulations (plus immigration/taxation issues). ...Read more

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What device is used by oncologists to detect cancer and how does it work?

What device is used by oncologists to detect cancer and how does it work?

It is not hard to fi: There is no single devise that we use, we use a variety of examinations/tests and often a biopsy to confirm if a tumor is cancerous. A medical examination (physical exam) is the first step, followed by appropriate imaging tests (using x-rays and ct/mri scans) to locate a tumor in the body which is then biopsied with a knife or a needle. A miscroscopic exm is then done to look for cancer cells. ...Read more

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Can you advise on where do pediatric hematologists/oncologists work?

Can you advise on where do pediatric hematologists/oncologists work?

Hospitals: Pediatric hematologist a/oncologists usually work in big children's hospitals or specialized cancer centers. ...Read more

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What can I do to find the cause of my lymphoma my oncologist suspect my work environment. I tested - for HIV - and no one in my family had caner.

What can I do to find the cause of my lymphoma my oncologist suspect my work environment. I tested - for HIV - and no one in my family had caner.

Cancer Causes: This is a new question here, I believe. I would first like to know who told you that one can find the causes of cancer. In most cancers, lymphoma especially, there is no triggering cause or reason for this situation. But, thank god, there are very good and effective treatments so that lymphoma is not a terminal diagnosis in nearly all cases. But, finding a cause may not be possible. ...Read more

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What to do if I should take to help work towards oncology. Also, to be a pediatric oncologist, what degrees and such do I need to get?

What to do if I should take to help work towards oncology. Also, to be a pediatric oncologist, what degrees and such do I need to get?

Long way: You need to finish college, then medical school, then 3 years of pediatric residency, then 3 years of pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship. Around 14 years all together. ...Read more

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Where do pediatric hematologists/oncologists work? Are they only at the cancer hospitals?

Where do pediatric hematologists/oncologists work? Are they only at the cancer hospitals?

The vast majority...: Work at tertiary care medical centers and located in larger cities. There are some who work in smaller practices, but maintain a close affiliation with larger medical centers. This enables their patients to receive the highly specialized diagnostic, therapeutic and post-treatment surveillance services they need. When patients live far from their oncologist, local practioners help to provide care. ...Read more

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Is there a gyno-oncologist in my area that will work with an obese female? My primary dr diagnosed me with ovarian cancer. He is a medical oncologist and cannot do surgery. He sent me to gyno-oncologist in hawthorne and he said he could not do anything w

Is there a gyno-oncologist in my area that will work with an obese female? My primary dr diagnosed me with ovarian cancer. He is a medical oncologist and cannot do surgery. He sent me to gyno-oncologist in hawthorne and he said he could not do anything w

I: I agree with dr doherty's response and encourage you to seek another opinion. Many gynecologic oncologists are quite comfortable operating on obese women. That being said, it may be possible that Megace (megestrol) treatment is the best option for you at this point. ...Read more

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Mother in law had blood work done. B12 came back at 900. Them she was told to see an oncologist. Why is this?

Mother in law had blood work done. B12 came back at 900. Them she was told to see an oncologist. Why is this?

Not because of this: There must be something else going on. That is not a high number. Perhaps this was ordered because of anemia or something else. A lot of oncologists also specialize in blood disorders, like anemia, or a low blood count. ...Read more

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Issues with insomnia for a while. Worse on tamoxifen. Ambien (zolpidem) does not work for me. Would I upset or step on my oncologists toes if I went to a sleep spec?

Issues with insomnia for a while. Worse on tamoxifen. Ambien (zolpidem) does not work for me. Would I upset or step on my oncologists toes if I went to a sleep spec?

Absolutely not: I am sure the oncologist would very much appreciate the input from the sleep specialist. Your oncologist knows the effect of sleep and fatigue on the immune system and the importance of a good nights sleep. Consultation would be most welcome I am sure. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Started having tooth sensitivity when eating/drinking hot and cold. On xarelto. Dental work? Off xarelto in 7 days, oncologist wants blood work done.

Started having tooth sensitivity when eating/drinking hot and cold. On xarelto. Dental work? Off xarelto in 7 days, oncologist wants blood work done.

Is it generalized: You have mentioned sensitivity to hot and cold. Is it generalized or localized? Like is it only one tooth or all around.? The approach to the problem will definitely be different. If it is generalized it could be due to bruxism/clinching. Having in mind that one if the side effects of xarleto is muscle spasms.! but if it is only one tooth it will be different approach. Please get a checkup. ...Read more

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My 15 yr old had an ultrsound & blood work and now the pediatrician wants her to see a obgyn oncologist at a children hospital. Is he thinking cancer?

My 15 yr old had an ultrsound & blood work and now the pediatrician wants her to see a obgyn oncologist at a children hospital. Is he thinking cancer?

Possibly: Without knowing the results of the tests, I am guessing about your daughter. The ultrasound would allow the ovaries to be visualized. The blood tests would possibly look for hormone markers (alpha-fetoprotein and beta human Chorionic Gonadotropin that would be potential tumor markers for an ovarian germ cell tumor. Possibilities include ovarian cysts, and benign and malignant ovarian tumors. ...Read more

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My bf oncologist is not a specialist for eye/brain. What is the best method to rid the cancer if BEP/VIP chemo doesn't work. 2 in brain 1 in eye?

My bf oncologist is not a specialist for eye/brain. What is the best method to rid the cancer if BEP/VIP chemo doesn't work. 2 in brain 1 in eye?

Always get a 2nd: Opinion when in doubt, and ask your pediatrician these questions first. You have to be over 16 to post questions here. So do ask your doctor, or have him ask his pediatrician. ...Read more

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During the ct scan for painful swollen lymph nodes my arms were above my head and not in the ct scan machine at all so how do they tell something is wrong with my lymph nodes if they didn't scan the area that is in pain? All the blood work the oncologist d

During the ct scan for painful swollen lymph nodes my arms were above my head and not in the ct scan machine at all so how do they tell something is wrong with my lymph nodes if they didn't scan the area that is in pain? All the blood work the oncologist d

No nodes in arms: There are no lymph nodes to speak of in your arms, so they don't need to be imaged. Also, before you're scanned the tech runs a scout film that shows them what's to be scanned so they can make sure the area of concern is in the field. ...Read more

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My oncologist only prescribes me Vicodin 5/325 1 every 4 hours. This amount stopped being effective for me a long time ago, what should I do?

Honest discussion: Have an honest discussion with your oncologist about how much of the pain medication you are using, how effective/ineffective it seems to be, and how significant and severe the pain is. Your oncologist may chose to refer you to a pain specialist to help come up with a plan that is best for your comfort and your ultimate health. ...Read more

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How many oncologists practice in the united states?

How many oncologists practice in the united states?

More than 10, 000: According to the american society of clinical oncology (asco) there were about 10, 500 oncologists in the us (81% medical oncs or hematologist-oncologists; 5 % gynecologic oncs) in 2005. Although projected to increase by 20% into the year 2020, this number may not be enough to care for the growing population of new cancer patients and survivors. ...Read more