Medical Oncology

The Specialty

Medical Oncology is a surgical / oncological sub-specialty, which is involved in solely delivering cytotoxic and biological agents in the management of solid disease.

It is to solid malignancy as Clinical Haematological Oncology is to the liquid malignancy (lymphomas, leukaemias/myelomas). The sub-specialty of Medical Oncology has evolved over the last 30 years with the development of more cytotoxic chemotherapy and in particular in the management of lymphomas (often with clinical haematologists), ovarian, breast, GIT carcinoma and Germ Cell tumours.

Essential Qualifications
Entrants to the SpR grade should have spent time in the general training grade. It is essential that MRCP (UK) is obtained. It would be an advantage if candidates had a significant experience of Oncology. There is increasing competition for the SpR posts.

Personal Qualities

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Enjoyment of academic medicine

  • Working in a multi-disciplinary team

  • Being prepared to being a team member without always being the leader

  • Commitment to the specialty including hard work, both clinically and academically. Tact and diplomacy

  • Must have an ability to delegate and influence decisions as well as to make sound clinical judgements under difficult, emotional pressure