What is Oncology?
Oncology is the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancers. A medical professional who practices oncology is an oncologist, and they have a very wide remit indeed since cancers affect every area of the body.
Oncology involves providing the best possible outcome for people with cancer, whether it means a cure, prolonging life or making the remainder of someone’s life as positive and enjoyable as possible. It involves giving counselling to patients and their families and also carrying out essential clinical research. Clinical care, clinical trials, lab work and more are integral parts of the field, often within multidisciplinary teams.
What procedures can you find at an Oncology clinic?
- Physical examinations
- Diagnosis and analysis
- Surgery support
- Care co-ordination
- Prescribing treatments
- Managing treatment
- Education and counselling
- Endocrine therapy
- Biological therapies
What should you expect at an Oncology clinic?
Your initial consultation with an oncologist, whether they are a surgical, medical or radiation specialist, will involve taking and reviewing your medical history, symptoms, records related to your diagnosis, any radiology scans, pathology slides and reports. It may also involve a physical examination and you might be measured and weighed. Once the oncologist or team has analysed everything you’ll be given full details about your treatment options and choices.