Why would my doctor referral me oncology?

What does being referred to oncology mean?

Oncologist denotes a cancer specialist—surgical, medical (chemotherapist), or radiation (radiation therapist)—that specialize in oncology, the study of cancer.

Does a referral to an oncologist mean cancer?

Being referred for suspected cancer can be worrying. If you or someone you are caring for is being referred, your GP should explain to you that most people who are referred will not have cancer.

Why do doctors choose oncology?

Oncologists have a deep desire to change the course of the disease for patients with cancer; cure where possible and when a cure is not possible to extend and improve the quality of life remaining and provide effective palliation of symptoms. This was my motivation for considering a career in Oncology.

What happens at your first oncology appointment?

At the first appointment, the oncologist will talk about treatment options. The doctor will explain which ones are available, how effective they are and what the side effects may be. Then the oncologist will recommend a course and talk about when the treatments should take place.

What does oncologist look for in blood test?

The samples may show cancer cells, proteins or other substances made by the cancer. Blood tests can also give your doctor an idea of how well your organs are functioning and if they’ve been affected by cancer. Examples of blood tests used to diagnose cancer include: Complete blood count (CBC).

THIS IS IMPORTANT:  Quick Answer: Is there a correlation between breast cancer and ovarian cancer?

What are the 7 warnings signs of cancer?

These are potential cancer symptoms:

  • Change in bowel or bladder habits.
  • A sore that does not heal.
  • Unusual bleeding or discharge.
  • Thickening or lump in the breast or elsewhere.
  • Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing.
  • Obvious change in a wart or mole.
  • Nagging cough or hoarseness.

Does a 2 week referral mean I have cancer?

What is a ‘Two Week Wait’ referral? A ‘Two Week Wait’ referral is a request from your General Practitioner (GP) to ask the hospital for an urgent appointment for you, because you have symptoms that might indicate that you have cancer.

Do you have to have cancer to see an oncologist?

Patients with blood disorders are treated by hematologists and many oncologists are also board-certified to practice hematology. So even though you don’t have cancer, you may be treated by a physician who specializes in both cancer and blood disorders.

Is oncology a dying field?

The general (radiation) oncologist is disappearing, as is the general surgeon or internist. There is no way to keep up with the literature and treatment techniques of all tumour sites.

Why is oncology important?

Medical oncology is a core member of the MDT and offers cancer patients a comprehensive and systemic approach to treatment and care, while ensuring evidence-based, safe and cost-effective use of cancer drugs and preserving the quality of life of cancer patients through the entire ‘cancer journey’.