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Oncology is the field of medicine that involves the diagnosis and
treatment of cancer. Oncologists generally specialize in cancer
treatment, but some focus on certain types of cancers, blood
diseases (hematology), and specialized forms of treatment.
The role of an oncologist is to diagnose cancer, explain the
diagnosis to the patient, and arrange treatment based on the stage
of the disease at the time of diagnosis. Oncologists coordinate
medical care by suggesting treatment options, recommending course of
treatment, managing pain, and referring the patient for psychological
counseling. This is often done in conjunction with other specialists.
Treatment for cancer may include medication, radiation, chemotherapy
, surgery, or palliative care (or treatment of symptoms to improve
quality of life). Cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment have
advanced within the last two decades, leading to the current trend
towards early detection technologies. Pap smears, mammograms,
prostate screenings, and colonoscopies have become routine tests
general practitioners and gynecologists prescribe for their patients.
An oncologist may be referred by a primary care physician, clinic,
or hospital. Because of the serious nature of cancer as an illness,
oncologists should be compassionate and sensitive to patients'
needs, and be communicative and informative about the options for
cancer treatment and pain management. The doctor-patient
relationship is extremely important in oncology. Finding the right
fit depends on a good rapport, ease of communication, shared
philosophies on treatment and pain management, and overall trust.