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What is an oncologist?
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Dr. Merry Jennifer Markham
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
11 doctors agree
In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Merry Jennifer Markham
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Dr. Steven Eisenberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
8 doctors agree
In brief: A cancer specialist.
Surgical oncologists perform cancer operations that remove the cancer and surrounding lymph nodes, generally speaking.
Medical oncologist are the "quarterbacks" who give chemotherapy if needed and help coordinate the overall treatment plan. Radiation oncologists treat cancer with radiotherapy. All work together to help patients become cancer free or live the best they can with cancer.

In brief: A cancer specialist.
Surgical oncologists perform cancer operations that remove the cancer and surrounding lymph nodes, generally speaking.
Medical oncologist are the "quarterbacks" who give chemotherapy if needed and help coordinate the overall treatment plan. Radiation oncologists treat cancer with radiotherapy. All work together to help patients become cancer free or live the best they can with cancer.
Dr. Steven Eisenberg
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Dr. Stephen Noga
Many times patients do not realize that there are more than one type of physician who specializes in Cancer and the above answer covers this nicely
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology
8 doctors agree
In brief: Treats cancer
A doctor of medicine that treats/ studies cancer patients.
There are usually 3 types of doctors that are intimately involved in treating cancer patients, surgical oncologist, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist.

In brief: Treats cancer
A doctor of medicine that treats/ studies cancer patients.
There are usually 3 types of doctors that are intimately involved in treating cancer patients, surgical oncologist, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist.
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