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What do oncologists do?

What do oncologists do?

Take care of cancer: There are 3 types of oncologists: surgical, medical and radiation therapy oncologists. The surgical oncologist removes malignant lesions hopefully as a curative procedure or to debulk for further therapy. The medical oncologists offers chemo in an adjuvant or therapeutic format and the radiation oncologists treat primary RT sensitive tumors for cure or metastatic tumors for palliation. ...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

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How accurate is the oncologists prognosis? It seems hard to guess how long one person will live.

How accurate is the oncologists prognosis? It seems hard to guess how long one person will live.

So SO: We can only base our information on prior experience, type of cancer, treatment type, and information from other studies. When we give a prognosis it is usually an average estimate. Some will do better and some worse. Also may patients forget that age, diabetes, kidney disease and other health problem may impact on the outcome. We are caring for the whole patient and all of these things impact. ...Read more

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Are there many women oncologists? What is the percentage of males to females who are oncologists?

Are there many women oncologists? What is the percentage of males to females who are oncologists?

Now growing: In 2005, 23% of medical oncologists were women. This is growing very rapidly, especially since the percentage of women in medicine has grown dramatically. I don't have the exact number today, but the numbers of women in the field is rapidly increasing. ...Read more

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What is an oncologist?

What is an oncologist?

A cancer doctor: In general, an oncologist is a physician who treats cancer - either surgically (surgical oncologist; gynecologic oncologist), with medications (medical oncologist or hematologist-oncologist), or with radiation (radiation oncologist). ...Read more

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What kind of degree would you need tobecome an oncologist?

MD or DO: A four year college degree, then medical school. A residency in internal medicine (3 years). Followed by a 2-3 year fellowship in oncology and hematology. Good luck. To me it was one of the best decisions i ever made. ...Read more

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What does an oncologist do?

See below: An oncologist is a cancer specialist who diagnoses and treats all types of cancer. He/she is not a surgeon, and does not perform major operations, but does perform a variety of procedures to diagnose and treat cancer. ...Read more

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What do surgical oncologists do?

What do surgical oncologists do?

Surgical tx - cancer: A general surgeon who has undergone a 3 yr fellowship specializing in diagnosis and surgical treatment of cancers. ...Read more

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Help please, what does an oncologist do?

Help please, what does an oncologist do?

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

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What is a regular schedule for an oncologist?

What is a regular schedule for an oncologist?

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