What is Oncology?

Rita had been suffering from cancer for several years and nearly died. However with the expert handling of medication for her cancerous tumour, she survived another 20 years. Good treatment from an oncologist administered in time, literally saved her life !

If you are looking for a career that has direct patient contact and which will make a large positive impact on many of your patients, oncology is ideal. If you lean towards clinical trial work, medical oncology may be the specialty to consider. If you are interested in technical aspects, as well as clinical work, then clinical oncology might be a more attractive choice.

Oncology is the branch of medicine that studies tumors (cancer) and seeks to understand their development, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. A physician who practices oncology is an oncologist. The term originates from the Greek onkos (ογκος), meaning bulk, mass, or tumor and the suffix -ology, meaning “study of”. Oncology requires expertise in a large number of medical and technical disciplines, from surgery to nutrition, immunology to biochemistry...

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