Clinical Oncology

Clinical oncology embraces the non-surgical aspect of oncology. It covers both the therapeutic administration of ionizing radiation i.e. radiotherapy and cytotoxic chemotherapy. Clinical oncology is a major participant in any multi-disciplinary team, which would meet regularly to discuss site specific cases of tumours. Other members would be site specific surgeon, palliative care physician, radiologist, pathologist, specialist nursing staff and appropriate haematologist and medical oncologist. Radiotherapy is the administration of ionizing radiation predominantly by external beam (teletherapy) but is also using the more technical operative implantation of interstitial sources, which are often after loaded with radioactive material, e.g. Iridium. There is, therefore, close liaison with postgraduate physicists and scope for great technological understanding with computer planning, etc. Consultants are increasingly site specialized and are based in a cancer centre often visiting peripheral cancer units. 
Clinical oncology is very patient orientated. This specialty gives the opportunity of developing clinical and scientific skills with great potential for academic and clinical research. Furthermore, there are increasing opportunities to take part in National and International Research Trials. 
Clinical oncology is a specialist discipline within radiology. The primary role of the clinical oncologist is the completion of the radiation treatment for cancer patients. Radiation is used to kill the cancer cells within the body. The extent of treatment depends on the type of cancer, degree of progression, and the timing of the diagnosis. Typically, cancer patients who have late stage cancer are not ideal candidates for radiation therapy. 

  • Clinical Oncologists
  • Cancer Diagnostics
  • Clinical Trails
  • Cancer Patients

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