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MBBS, MD - General Medicine, DM - Medical Oncology
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MBBS, MD - Medicine, DNB - Medical Oncology
Consultant - Medical Oncology
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MBBS, MD - Internal Medicine, DNB - Medical Oncology
Consultant - Medical Oncology
Oncology is the study of cancer. A doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and provides medical help for a patient diagnosed with cancer is an oncologist. He/she manages the patient’s medical care throughout the course of treatment. There are three types of oncologists- medical, surgical, and radiation. You would be referred to an oncologist if cancer is suspected or confirmed. The roles of an oncologist are to explain the cancer diagnosis and stages, directing the treatment plan, delivering quality care, helping in managing the symptoms, and side effects of cancer among others.
The treatment of cancer will differ depending on the type of cancer a person has. There are several types of cancers like blood cancer, breast cancer, anal cancer, liver cancer, prostate cancer, and many more. Your oncologist will begin the diagnosis by performing some tests to confirm the presence of cancer. He/she will continue by using X-rays, lab tests, and other procedures to determine the extent of cancer. An oncologist performing a variety of tests to diagnose cancer. The tests differ depending upon the type of cancer. Some of these tests include:
Complete Blood Counts
Cancer patients would be scared but educating yourself about the medical science of the disease may make you less nervous. After your diagnosis is complete, you should have a discussion with your doctor about the type of cancer and its treatment. The key is to listen first because some of your questions would be answered by the doctor beforehand. You may have numerous doubts and queries. Some of the issues to talk to your oncologist about are:
What kind of cancer do you have?
What is the treatment plan and options?
How long will the treatment last?
How will you feel during the course of treatment?
What will be the side effects of the treatment and how severe will they be?
How will the treatment affect your everyday life?
You should feel free and comfortable while discussing your disease with the doctor. He/she shall help you throughout the treatment and provide compassionate care.
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An oncologist diagnoses cancer with the help of different imaging tests including computerized tomography (CT) scan, bone scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET) scan, ultrasound, and X-ray, among others.
Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 29/12/2020
The symptoms of having cancer include blood in the urine, hoarseness, persistent lumps or swollen glands, obvious change in a wart or a mole, indigestion or difficulty swallowing, unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge, unexpected weight loss, and so on.
Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 17/09/2020
Medical-Oncology is a modality of treatment in cancer care that includes different types of therapies such as Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, Hormonal Therapy and Targeted Therapy for the treatment of cancer.
Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 06/05/2020
One should see the doctors if they find any cancerous symptoms such as swollen glands, obvious change in a wart or a mole, indigestion or difficulty swallowing. Some times your general physician can also refer you to an Oncologist.
Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 05/06/2020
Medical oncologists can diagnose and treat the primary site as breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancers, and those that have metastasized to secondary locations including to the bones, brain, and other organs.
Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 04/03/2020
No, the surgical oncologist performs surgery.
Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 09/08/2020
The medical oncologist is a specialist who uses non-radiological treatments for cancer. On the other hand, the clinical oncologist treats patients with a balance of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 05/07/2020
Yes, in some cases the patient has intense food cravings during chemotherapy and eats more despite feeling nauseous. This could lead to weight pain.
Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 24/06/2020
No, It's just that you might have cancer and should get yourself checked as soon as possible.
Answered by: Dr. Ashwanth Prathapani on 26/08/2020