Medical oncologists are doctors who diagnose, assess, treat and manage cancer patients and conduct research that has practical applications. They aim to provide the best possible outcome for cancer patients, whether that is cure, or palliation and prolongation of good quality life. They provide counselling for patients and their families.
Diagnosing cancers, discussing treatment options with patients, arranging and supervising drug treatment and therapies, supporting patients and overseeing their care, including their lives after treatment are part of their roles.
Medical oncologists treat patients whose cancer has potentially been cured by surgery but for whom further therapy improves their outlook.
Medical oncologists treat conditions such as colorectal cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, urological cancers, leukaemia, and melanoma. Common procedures include chemotherapy, endocrine therapy and biological therapies such as antibodies, small molecules and immunotherapy.