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What is the difference between a pediatric oncologist and a pediatric oncology nurse?
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Dr. Thomas Rohde
General Practice
3 doctors agree
In brief: Training
The oncologist is a physician, the other a nurse.
Difference is years and type of training.

In brief: Training
The oncologist is a physician, the other a nurse.
Difference is years and type of training.
Dr. Thomas Rohde
Dr. Thomas Rohde
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Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics
In brief: Different functions
But on the same team. The pediatric oncologist is a physician who leads the team, prescribes the chemo and marshals the plan.
It is often the pediatric oncology nurse's job to coordinate that plan and see it successfully executed. Unless the pediatric oncology nurse is a nurse practitioner, he may not prescribe, although he can administer. His input to your child's care can be most important!

In brief: Different functions
But on the same team. The pediatric oncologist is a physician who leads the team, prescribes the chemo and marshals the plan.
It is often the pediatric oncology nurse's job to coordinate that plan and see it successfully executed. Unless the pediatric oncology nurse is a nurse practitioner, he may not prescribe, although he can administer. His input to your child's care can be most important!
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Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: Doctor and nurse
Pediatric oncologists are doctors (4 years of medical school after college) with training in pediatrics (3 year residency after medical school) and pediatric hematology/oncology (3 year fellowship after residency).
Pediatric oncology nurses usually have 4 years of college (some 2 years, some master degrees with 6 years).

In brief: Doctor and nurse
Pediatric oncologists are doctors (4 years of medical school after college) with training in pediatrics (3 year residency after medical school) and pediatric hematology/oncology (3 year fellowship after residency).
Pediatric oncology nurses usually have 4 years of college (some 2 years, some master degrees with 6 years).
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