Medical oncologists aim to provide the best possible
outcome for cancer patients, whether that is cure, or palliation and prolongation of good quality life. They also provide counselling for patients and their families.
Clinical research is an important feature of their role. Clinical care, clinical trials, laboratory and translational cancer research form an integral part of the training. They are trained to work as part of a multidisciplinary team, able to advise on all aspects of treatment including surgery and radiotherapy as well as having the skills to administer systemic therapies.
Discussing treatment options with patients
Supporting patients and overseeing their care, including their lives after treatment
Their work role includes: Diagnosing cancers
Arranging and supervising drug treatment and therapies including the management of any complications that may arise
Medical oncologists treat patients who have localised or metastatic malignancy in need of systemic therapy. They also treat patients whose cancer has potentially been cured by surgery but for whom further therapy improves their outlook.