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Oncologist

In reality, about 7.6 million people die from cancer all over the world every year. Although there are preventive measures that can avoid development this type of disease, cases of cancer still flood the figures. And, this is where the help of an oncologist becomes badly needed.

Definition

Oncologists are medical doctors who have undergone further training in the field of oncology for the purpose of becoming qualified in diagnosing and treating cancer. These medical experts went through special training so that they would become proficient in assessing for the actual manifestations of cancer.

With the knowledge that these doctors gathered during their years of training, they should be highly capable of choosing right diagnostic examinations in order for them to actually make the right diagnosis. Most importantly, the abundant years of intensive education that the oncologists have endured lead them into becoming competent in establishing the most excellent management for the type of cancer that they are dealing with.

Types of Patients

Oncology comes from two separate Greek words: "onkos" (means mass or tumor) and "logia" (means study of). Knowing this, we can say that the main type of disease that oncologists take care of is the presence of malignant tumors.

Cancer itself is very broad since it can affect almost any part of the human body. Based on facts, the most common cancer that affects both sexes equally is skin cancer. On the other hand, there are other types of cancers that are frequently detected in the US are: breast cancer, colon cancer, leukemia, lung cancer, melanoma, bladder and kidney cancer, prostate cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and pancreatic cancer.

Subspeciality

An oncologist may also choose a branch under the broad field of oncology to dedicate him or herself to. Among these areas are radiation treatment, chemotherapy, and surgical oncology. Of course, oncologist should also obtain a certification that would make their practice in this field more acceptable.

There is a certain subspecialty in oncology that is highly regarded in this field of medical science and this is the surgical oncology. Surgical oncologists are the ones responsible in treating cancer using surgery. An oncologist must undergo five years of residency in surgery and he or she must spend three years in an oncology program fellowship. Finally, he or she must take a test that is administered by the American Board of Surgery in order to officially put into practice what has been learned during the training.

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