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Oncologists: Doctors for Cancer Treatment

Written by Dr. Reshma Oncologist

Last updated on 19 August 2020

Who is an oncologist?

Oncology is the study of cancer, and the doctors who treat cancers are called oncologists. Oncologists are also called cancer specialists. 

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What does an oncologist do?

Oncologists, also called cancer specialists, are medical doctors who are trained to diagnose and treat cancer. There are three types of oncologists. They are 

  1. Medical oncologists are experts in treating cancer using medication such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy.
  2. Radiation oncologists treat cancer using radiation therapy such as high energy X-rays and other particles to destroy cancer cells.
  3. Surgical oncologists are  doctors who surgically remove cancerous cells to treat a patient.

Oncologists may also specialise in providing care to particular groups of people, such as

  • Children (pediatric oncologists)
  • Elderly (geriatric oncologists)
  • Women (gynecologic oncologists)
  • Patients who have blood cancer (haematologist oncologists)
  • Patients who have cancer in the brain, spine or the nervous system (neuro-oncologists)
  • Patients who have cancer in the chest area: lungs and oesophagus (thoracic oncologists)
  • Patients who have cancer in the genitourinary system (urologic oncologists)

How often should you go to an oncologist?

If it is a follow-up treatment, you need to see an oncologist every 3 – 4 months in the first 2 – 3 years and once or twice a year after that.

But if you are not a cancer patient, you need to get yourself screened for cancer at least once a year. Your general physician would be able to help you with that.

What degrees do you need to be an oncologist?

Oncologists have an MBBS with a post-graduation in Radiation oncology, Medical oncology or surgical oncology.

How to find a good oncologist?

To find a good Oncologist, speak to a family member or friend who can refer you to a good oncologist. You could also search online for doctors; mfine does a great job of providing services closest to you, i.e., they’d connect you with doctors near you. Usually, there are ratings and reviews online for the quality of services provided to help you decide what’s best for you.

How to choose an oncologist?

Choosing the right doctor is one of the most important and personal decisions you would make. Following are seven essential tips to help you choose the right oncologist:

  1. Research. There are many doctors out there. Decide upon the one you would be comfortable with; someone with a good reputation, communication and soft skills.
  2. Get the proper referrals. Speak with your family members, colleagues, friends to help you connect with the right doctor.
  3. Check for licencing and credentials of the oncologist.
  4. Consider the years of experience of the oncologist.
  5. Consider the gender of the doctor depending on if you would want to disclose your health condition to them.
  6. Consider the communication style of the oncologist. Choose a doctor you would gel along with quickly. Developing a rapport helps in communicating efficiently with the doctor. If possible, read patient reviews to help you make the right decisions.
  7. It’s good to know if you would be covered under the insurance plan that you have.

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  • Ask the doctor about your symptoms, problems, medications, and more during your consultation.
  • You may have to submit your medical history and records if any, so the doctor can better understand your condition.
  • Post teleconsultation, you could also follow up with your doctor online.
  • Additionally, you can also buy medicines online and get lab tests done using the MFine app, all from the comfort of your home.

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