Clinical Oncologists treat patients with both systemic therapy (including chemotherapy and an increasing array of biological agents) and radiotherapy whilst medical oncologists do not deliver radiotherapy.
Clinical Oncologists are involved in clinical trials and acute work including acute oncology services – dealing with people who present to hospital with complications of their treatment such as neutropenic sepsis. They also spend a significant amount of time planning radiotherapy treatments.
It is important you think carefully about what branch to work in if you decide oncology is for you. Applications and recruitment are separate for the two specialities although coordinated nationally so offers are released simultaneously.