Sunday, February 13, 2011

About Oncology

Oncology is a branch of medicine that deals with cancer. A medical professional who practices oncology is an oncologist.

Oncology is concerned with:

    * The diagnosis of any cancer in a person
    * Therapy (e.g., surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other modalities)
    * Follow-up of cancer patients after successful treatment
    * Palliative care of patients with terminal malignancies
    * Ethical questions surrounding cancer care
    * Screening efforts:
          o of populations, or
          o of the relatives of patients (in types of cancer that are thought to have a hereditary basis, such as breast cancer)

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