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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mother in law had blood work done. B12 came back at 900. Them she was told to see an oncologist. Why is this?
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?
Where do people go for pancreatic cancer palliative care? Does the same medical oncologist work with the patient?
Palliative care: A palliative care program can easily be established with the medical oncologist ...Read more
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
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
Swollen and lots of pain in lymph nodes is right and left arm above elbows. All blood work from oncologist and ct scan came back normal what next?
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
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
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
Cancer: Does the oncologist tell an infusion nurse to give chemotherapy injection through port or is it done by the MD? Does chemo take one hour?
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
Oncologists: Usually they see patients with a suspected diagnosis of cancer, confirm that there is cancer and prescribe treatment - chemotherapy. Of the cancer needs radiation or surgery for treatment, they would refer to another specialist who uses that kind of therapy. Some oncologists see patients for benign blood disorders such as anemia, clotting disorders, or thrombocytopenia. ...Read more
Depends: You mean what is their job hours and schedule? That is highly variable. Some private practice oncologists work 12 hours 6 days per week. Many are now employed and work in clinic 4 d/wk with administration or family time. Academic oncologists may see patients 0.5 to 4 days/week with research and administration time in between. There is no one schedule for all oncologists. ...Read more
Not much: Medical oncologists are trained through to diagnose and treat cancer using internal medicine (i.e. With medications, or chemotherapy). Many medical oncologists also receive training in hematology (the study of blood diseases) since the two are closely linked - thus, they are hematology/oncology certified (heme/onc). ...Read more
Possibly: These highly specialised surgeons are often in major cities, but some may be close to rural communities. You could look at the american college of surgeons web site. There also is a the american college of oncologic surgeon. A google search might better answer that question. ...Read more
Yes: Most community oncologists specialize in different types of cancers; however, in academic centers, oncologists have subspecialties in certain types of cancers. ...Read more
Same: "clinical" usually means a doctor who works in the clinical setting, ie seeing patients. A medical oncologist is a doctor who treats cancer patients with medications and chemotherapy. A "clinical" oncologist probably means the same thing, although it's not a term I've heard used very much. ...Read more
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