What Is Medical Oncology?
Medical oncology is a special branch of medicine engaged in maintaining medical control and coordination over the implementation of treatment protocol in the cancer patients. This branch tightly cooperates with many other medicine branches depending on the cancer type. Medical oncology is also responsible for immunotherapy, hormone therapy, and chemotherapy. It also involves the long-term necessity for the constant follow-up medical examinations.
All kinds of clinical research such as laboratory research, clinical trials, and translational cancer research is an inherent element of any cancer treatment approach fulfilled with the help of medical oncology.
Medical oncology is closely related with the medical specialists involved into surgical oncology, radiotherapy, and systemic therapy administration.
Who Is Medical Oncologist?
Medical oncologist is a doctor who is liable for the treatment of the patients, suffering from cancer. These medical experts regulate the process of chemotherapy used for the treatment and frequently manage the other doctors who participate in providing the proper health care for the cancer patients. If needed, the task of a medical oncologist is also to provide palliative care aimed at maintaining normal quality of a patient’s life.
The medical oncologists take part in the treatment of all cancer types. Cancer is a medical condition that may develop in a wide variety of the body parts and organs. Depending on the place of origin, cancer may develop with own peculiarities and hence react to the treatment in its own way as well.
The majority of medical oncologists have medical knowledge and experience in curing virtually all types of cancer. However, there still the oncologists who focus just on the treatment of cancer in the appropriate body part; that is, bone cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, pancreas cancer, etc.
It’s strongly not recommended to take any supplements, fat burners, and medications without an approval of the medical oncologist. But if the doctor allows a patient to do this, it’s possible to safely start the intake. The patients have to realize that the work of medical oncologists is strongly targeted on ensuring the most satisfactory cancer treatment results in all cancer patients. That’s why it’s vitally important to fully abide by the medical oncologists’ recommendations.
In 1996, The Oncology Center was founded as an extension of The Breast Care Center, to further encompass care, well being, and support of people with other cancer diagnoses, as well as a focus on pain management and quality of life issues. In 2001, The Oncology Center expanded with the opening of our Irvine office where an integrated team provides comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and support to all cancer patients.
The Oncology Center is the only private freestanding cancer center with all patient diagnostics, treatments and support services in one location. Comprehensive services include: imaging, surgery, chemotherapy, complementary medicine, social services, and volunteers. Our patients have access to an imaging center that provides state-of-the-art imaging services including digital mammography, PET, CT, MRI and conventional radiology. There is also a spacious new chemotherapy infusion center where patients and caregivers will be comfortable and have the benefit of support from our volunteers, social workers and specialized oncology nursing team.
We believe that treating the whole person, mind, body and spirit leads to the best outcomes. Our unique affiliation with the Cordelia Knott Center for Wellness allows our patients access to additional services that promote whole body healing such as massage therapy, Reiki, yoga, meditation, music therapy, acupuncture, support groups and retreats.
The Oncology Center is Orange County’s leading cancer center, offering innovative care and comprehensive support to promote a patient’s sense of well being and control.
The Breast Care & Oncology Centers have moved
The Breast Care and Oncology Centers moved to our new location last November. We are now located at 230 South Main Street, Suite 100 in Orange. The building is located on Main Street, one block South of Chapman Avenue.
The new Cordelia Knott Center for Wellness is also located within the building, and offers many advantages to patients. While waiting for their appointment, patients may browse the new Moretti Family Resource Library or The Shop on Main, which offers breast prostheses, hair alternatives, products to manage symptoms of lymphedema, relaxation materials and diet pills. The Cordelia Knott Center for Wellness also offers workshops, movement classes, themed retreats, community education and support services throughout the year.
The Oncology Center patients can now relax in an open infusion space with sufficient space for our guests, volunteers and Oncology nurses.
The Breast Care Center has partnered with Orange Women’s Center (conveniently located within our new building) to deliver the first digital mammography program in Orange County.
This program offers several advantages over standard mammography, such as:
• Additional views and call backs are required less due to the computer’s ability to enhance images
• The procedure is more comfortable and takes less time than standard mammography
• You won’t have to lug around or risk losing heavy mammogram films anymore
The Tasks of the Oncologist
The oncologist is directly engaged in the management of patients who go through the process of cancer treatment. But the starting point of this process is setting a diagnosis. Due to this, the major tasks of the oncologist are as follows:
- Explanation of diagnosis and cancer stage to a patient
- Discussion of all possible treatment methods and treatment preferences of a patient
- Provision of top-notch and sympathetic health care
- Assistance to a patient in the management of manifestations and adverse effects of cancer itself and disease treatment
Often, not only a medical oncologist but also other doctors closely cooperate in order to develop a patient’s overall treatment strategy, which is comprised of various treatment approaches. Thus, a person may require the application of several treatment methods such as radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery. In this case, a multidisciplinary team of doctors is needed.
Sometimes it’s also necessary to simultaneously manage obesity along with cancer treatment. And in this case, the treatment of primary diagnosis can be accompanied with the use of non-prescription carb blockers.
Except the oncologists, there are also the other following health care specialists in the cancer care teams:
- Pathologist: This professional is responsible for reading laboratory tests, which determine how body cells, tissues, and organs function and help set a correct diagnosis
- Diagnostic radiologist: This specialist performs imaging tests required for proper diagnostics. Among these tests, there are ultrasound tests and x-rays
- Oncology nurse: It’s a registered nurse who provides medical care and support for the patients who suffer from cancer
- Oncology social worker: They provide both individual and group counseling to the cancer patients and their family members in order to successfully cope with all the aspects of cancer, ranging from physical health to emotional and psychological help
The team of healthcare providers who fight cancer may also include the doctors who specialize in other medicine branches. Thus, a pulmonologist who focuses on the treatment of lung diseases may assist the oncologist in overcoming lung cancer.
In some most serious cases, when the task of establishing diagnosis is very difficult, the help of a tumor board may be needed. The board includes the doctors, working with different types of cancer.