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What is an oncologist?

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An oncologist is a doctor who treats cancer. This doctor might specialize in treating the disease with medicine, radiation, chemotherapy, or surgery.

From: How to Choose Your Cancer Care Team WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Board of Medical Specialties: "Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification."

American Cancer Society: "Choosing a Doctor and a Hospital," "Health Professionals Associated With Cancer Care," "How to Choose a Doctor: Worksheet," "How to Choose a Hospital: Worksheet."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Types of Oncologists."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 01, 2017

SOURCES:

American Board of Medical Specialties: "Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification."

American Cancer Society: "Choosing a Doctor and a Hospital," "Health Professionals Associated With Cancer Care," "How to Choose a Doctor: Worksheet," "How to Choose a Hospital: Worksheet."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Types of Oncologists."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 01, 2017

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