Medical Oncology is a surgical / oncological sub-specialty, which is involved in solely delivering cytotoxic and biological agents in the management of solid disease.
Medical Oncologists assess and manage patients with solid organ cancers. This involves those patients with early and advanced cancers. Taking a holistic approach including discussing systemic treatment options and supportive care. Systemic anti-cancer therapies include chemotherapy, targeted oral drugs and immuno-oncology agents including immunotherapy.
Medical oncologists work closely with clinical oncologists and other members of the cancer MDT such as surgeons, palliative care physicians and clinical nurse specialists.
Medical oncologists can develop clinical academic roles including clinical trials, and to work on laboratory research to improve the care of patients with cancer.
Many trainees pursue a higher degree during their training in medical oncology; although this is not mandatory.
Medical oncologists have a key role in acute oncology services providing advice and managing those patients admitted with treatment or cancer related medical problems.
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