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What is a medical oncologist?

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A medical oncologist is the cancer specialist you’ll probably see most often. Usually, your oncologist will oversee your general care and coordinate treatments with other specialists. Your oncologist will also be in charge of chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and immunotherapy. You’ll likely visit your medical oncologist for long-term, regular checkups.

From: Your Cancer Specialists WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Terri Ades, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN, director of cancer information, American Cancer Society, Atlanta. Jan C. Buckner, MD, chair of medical oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Harold J. Burstein, MD, staff oncologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.  National Cancer Institute web site: "How to find a doctor or treatment facility if you have cancer."



Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 23, 2019

SOURCES: Terri Ades, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN, director of cancer information, American Cancer Society, Atlanta. Jan C. Buckner, MD, chair of medical oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Harold J. Burstein, MD, staff oncologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.  National Cancer Institute web site: "How to find a doctor or treatment facility if you have cancer."



Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 23, 2019

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