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Medical Oncology (Definition)

An area of medicine that deals with the study ...Read more


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Should I be referred to an oncologist if I have a benign tumor?

Should I be referred to an oncologist if I have a benign tumor?

Not usually: Oncologists are specialists in treating cancers (malignant tumors), generally with drugs (chemotherapy). Benign tumors don't need chemotherapy; they may need treatment with surgery, or not; depends on the tumor, type, size, location. ...Read more

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So I have been referred to a oncologist for possible lymphoma, what is treatment like or what are treatment options or lymphoma? Just wondering.

So I have been referred to a oncologist for possible lymphoma, what is treatment like or what are treatment options or lymphoma? Just wondering.

Depends.: There are many different kinds, all treated differently. The oncologist has to determine, first of all, if this is a lymphoma at all, and if so, how to proceed next. It may be a long process, and you will need to have close contact with your doctors. ...Read more

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I have a dermoid ovarian cyst. Why am I being referred to an oncologist?

I have a dermoid ovarian cyst. Why am I being referred to an oncologist?

You doctor is right: Dermoid cyst can be cancerous. Especially for a woman your age. They are mature or immature. If your dermoid is immature you have a chance that it is cancerous. A gyn oncologist will be the specialist that you need for further evaluation and care. ...Read more

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I have a 9cm ovarian cyst attached to my bowel. Was referred to gynecologic oncologist for bowel resection. Scared ill wake up with a colostomy bag?

I have a 9cm ovarian cyst attached to my bowel. Was referred to gynecologic oncologist for bowel resection. Scared ill wake up with a colostomy bag?

Small chance only : I do not know what exactly you have. However, if there is no inflammation in the area, which i believe it is the case and if the size of the colon above the lesion is not too distended and if resection is needed you should not end up with a colostomy. However, you never know what will the surgeon see/find when he/she enters your abdomen. So, if all is relatively "clean" inside, your should be fine. ...Read more

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My dr has referred me to an oncologist for testing. What kinds of "testing" does she mean by that.

Depends...: In addition to performing a careful history and physical exam, the oncologist's tests could include the following: further imaging, blood tests, examination of the bone marrow, and recommendation for biopsy of abnormalities (such as enlarged lymph nodes) that could help secure a diagnosis. ...Read more

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When should someone be referred to a hematologist/oncologist?

When should someone be referred to a hematologist/oncologist?

Depends: on what the problem is. Hematology deals with diseases of the blood, so if there is too much or too little of the blood components (red cells/white cells/platelets) then a hematologist may be consulted. Oncology deals with cancer, so if someone has cancer part of the cancer "team" consists of an oncologist. It's best to consult the heme/onc specialist early on in the disease. ...Read more

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Cyst on ovary and ca125 came back at 132. Being referred to a obgyn oncologist, what does this mean?

Cyst on ovary and ca125 came back at 132. Being referred to a obgyn oncologist, what does this mean?

Non specific: An ovarian cyst that gets to be larger than 5cm should be investigated for the possibility of having undergone malignant transformation. The only dx can be by excisional bx. CA 125 stands for carbohydrate antibody/antigen which has about a 50% accuracy in diagnosis and should only be used for monitoring, that is the response or failure to chemo or other forms of treatment. ...Read more

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Cyst on ovary and ca125 came back at 132. Please I am so scared. Being referred to a obgyn oncologist, should I be concerned?

Cyst on ovary and ca125 came back at 132. Please I am so scared. Being referred to a obgyn oncologist, should I be concerned?

Not yet...: Many ovarian cysts are benign. Ca125 elevation can be seen in many things causing irritation of the mesothelial lining if the abdominal cavity. Ovarian cancer is one such thing that can cause irritation, but also ruptured ovarian cysts, ovarian torsion, infections have all been reported to cause elevated ca125. Wait until the oncologist evaluates you. He/she will tell you how concerned to be. ...Read more