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The medical speciality that is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer is known as oncology. Oncology is divided into three major areas – medical, radiation, and surgical. A doctor who specialises in this branch of medicine is known as an oncologist.
Who is an oncologist?
Oncologists are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of various types of cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy.
What do oncologists do?
Oncologists diagnose and treat cancer while supporting the patient through collaboration and coordination with other specialists. They treat almost all forms of cancer.
How to consult an oncologist online?
To consult an oncologist online, click on the ‘Online Doctor Consultation’ section on the Apollo 24/7 app or website. Then type ‘Oncology’ in the search bar to find a list of oncologists, along with their consultation timings. Choose one that suits your requirements and click on the ‘Consult’ button to book an appointment with an oncologist.
Does an oncologist treat all kinds of cancer-related problems?
Yes oncologists treat all kinds of cancer. They help in the diagnosis, staging, and grading the aggressive nature of cancer.
When should I consult an oncologist?
You should consult an oncologist if you have been diagnosed with cancer or observe any symptoms such as a sore that does not heal, a tumour, obvious change in a mole or wart, change in bowel habits, unusual bleeding or discharge, and indigestion or difficulty in swallowing.
What do we call an oncologist in simple words?
Oncologists are simply known as ‘cancer doctors’ as they diagnose and treat cancer.
Can I consult with a cancer specialist anytime?
Yes, on Apollo 24/7, you can consult oncologists any time. Our oncologists are available round-the-clock for online consultations. Just pick your preferred slot and book a consultation.
How do I choose the best cancer specialists in India?
Apollo 24/7 has the best oncologists in India who are available round-the-clock to offer you an online consultation. All our doctors are highly-qualified and experienced to ensure that all your health conditions are taken care of.
Is video consultation available with all oncologists?
Yes, all oncologists on the 24/7 platform offer video call consultations.
Do oncologists treat all types of cancer?
Yes, oncologists are trained to treat all types of cancer. However, some cancer types are treated by sub-specialities of cancer. For example, hematologic oncologists treat cancers of the blood while neuro-oncologists treat cancers of spine, brain, and peripheral nerves.
What kind of tests does an oncologist do?
When you visit an oncologist, the first thing they will do is a physical examination. A physical examination will help the oncologist identify abnormalities that could indicate cancer. An oncologist may also recommend tests such as urine test, blood test, and imaging scans (CT scans, ultrasound, MRIs, etc.) to detect cancer.
I have been referred to an oncologist. Does that mean that I have cancer?
No. Being referred to an oncologist does not necessarily mean that you have cancer. Even if you do, early detection can mean easier and successful treatment.
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