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Who is a medical oncologist?

A doctor who studies and treats cancer is called an oncologist. There are mainly three types of oncologists divided on how they treat cancer. These are:

  • Medical oncologist

  • Surgical Oncologist

  • Radiation Oncologist

A medical doctor who treats cancer using only medication like chemotherapy is called a medical oncologist. Your medical oncologist will look after your general care. He/she will provide the best medical care throughout the course of your treatment.

How do I know if I have cancer?

You would need a medical expert to confirm if you have cancer or not. There are several types of cancer and the diagnosis for all of them is different. However, there are some signs and symptoms which are most common in cancer patients. If you are experiencing the following signs, you are advised to seek medical opinion soon.

Signs and symptoms that you may have cancer:

  • Painful urination

  • Change in bowel habits

  • Change in shape or size of the breast

  • Excessive coughing

  • Lumps on skin

  • Difficulty in swallowing

  • Extreme weight gain or loss

  • Fever

  • Fatigue

  • Abdominal pain

  • Night Sweats

  • Blood in urine

  • Dizziness

What are the possible treatments for cancer?

Normally, your primary doctor will ask you to visit an oncologist if your symptoms are such. Upon reference, your oncologist will decide the type of treatment to cure your cancer. There are several types of treatments based on the condition of the patient. Some of the possible treatments for cancer are shown below:

  1. Chemotherapy

  2. Surgery

  3. Radiation

  4. Immunotherapy

  5. Targeted Therapy

  6. Hormone Therapy

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the chances of recovery after chemotherapy?


The chances of recovery are high if the cancer is detected at an early stage. 

Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 20/09/2019

Q: How does cancer progress?


Cancer is developed when normal cells in our body multiply themselves beyond control. It progress with the unstable growth that leads to a tumor. 

Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 20/09/2019

Q: If a woman has her ovaries removed, can she get ovarian cancer?


Ovarian cancer is less likely to occur if ovaries have been removed. However, all the risk is not undone. 

Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 20/09/2019

Q: What tests are done by medical oncologists?


Common tests include biopsy, MRI, bone scan, colonoscopy, CT Scan, Mammography, ultrasound and more. 

Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 20/09/2019

Q: Can a nutritious diet prevent cancer?


A balanced diet along with a healthy lifestyle can lower the risk of cancer in an individual but not completely prevent it.

Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 20/09/2019

Q: What are the benefits of chemotherapy?


The primary benefit is that it slows down the growth of cancer cells largely. 

Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 20/09/2019

Q: What is the difference between a benign and a malignant tumor?


A benign tumor has the capacity to spread around the body while a malignant tumor does not. Benign tumors grow slower than malignant ones. 

Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 20/09/2019

Q: What is hormone therapy?


It is a type of treatment for cancer. In this method, oncologists use medicines to stop the growth of cancer that rely on hormones. 

Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 20/09/2019

Q: Is cancer always fatal?


No, it depends upon the type, stage and treatment methods for the specific cancer. 

Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 20/09/2019

Q: Can cancer affect a person’s fertility?


Yes, some cancers may affect a person’s fertility. These include ovarian and testicular cancers. 

Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 20/09/2019

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