Oncology refers to a branch of science that deals with tumours and cancers. The term “onco” means bulk while “-logy” means study.

An oncologist is a healthcare provider who treats cancer and provides medical care for a person diagnosed with cancer.

Oncologists manage cancer treatment throughout your illness. They’ll:

  • Diagnose your cancer.
  • Identifyoptions for treatment.
  • Oversee treatment.
  • Manage post-treatment care.

When to see an Oncologist?

Different cancers affect your body in several ways. You might see an oncologist if you talk to your primary care doctor about a body change and they suggest you have some preliminary tests. You likely will be referred to meet an oncologist if your tests indicate you have cancer.

Oncology diagnostic tools

The most important diagnostic tool remains the patient’s clinical history. Some symptoms that point towards cancer are fatigue, weight loss, unexplained anemia, fever etc.

Oncology depends on diagnostic tools like biopsy or removing of the tumour bits tissue and examining it under the microscope. Other diagnostic tools include endoscopy for the gastrointestinal tract, imaging studies such as X-rays, CT scanning, MRI scanning, ultrasound and other radiological techniques, Scintigraphy, Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography and nuclear medicine techniques etc.

Some common methods include such as blood tests for biological or tumor markers.

You might be concerned about seeing an oncologist because you’re worried you might have cancer. And if you’re diagnosed with cancer, you might be frightened by the news. If you have cancer, every appointment is an opportunity to talk about your concerns and ask questions at HIMAS Hospital. Your oncologist at HIMAS Hospital is there to help you however they can help.