Medical Oncologist

An oncologist is a doctor who treats cancer and provides medical care for a person diagnosed with cancer. The field of oncology has three major areas: medical, surgical, and radiation. A medical oncologist treats cancer using chemotherapy or other medications, such as targeted therapy or immunotherapy.

For patients with advanced prostate cancer, the medical oncologist often assumes the role of quarterback, calling the plays as he or she sees them in collaboration with the cancer patient’s other health care providers. Medical oncologists coordinate diagnostic work-ups, laboratory analyses, referrals to sub-specialists and provide care in the form of pain management, hydration, nutritional support, hospitalization and, where needed, end-of-life counseling.

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