Training . In addition to the previous answers, there is a difference in training. Everyone does 4 years of medical school. Radiation oncology is then a 4-year residency. Medical oncology is a 3-year internal medicine residency followed by a 3-year hematology/oncology fellowship. Surgical oncology is a 5-year general surgery residency followed by a 2-year surgical oncology fellowship.
Surgery or medicine. As a broad answer, cancer is treated in 3 ways that may be used in combination -- surgical resection or biopsy, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. Surgical oncologists do the surgery. Medical oncologists do the chemotherapy. Radiation oncologists do the radiation therapy. They often work together to deliver optimal treatment to the patient, depending on the type of cancer.
Superspecialisation available: MCH in surgical oncology m.Ch. In oncology dm in medical oncology difference?
Huh! I don't understand your question. Surgical oncologists have completed a 5 year residency in surgery and a two year fellowship in surgical oncology. We are surgeons with special interest and experience in treating cancer. Most do not give chemotherapy. Medical oncologists typically start with internal medicine and then subspecialise. They give chemotherapy and other drugs but do not do surgery. Read more...