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ONCOLOGLIST: Treating Patients With Cancer

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As a Medical Oncologist, one works as a doctor who treats patients with cancer and also as a researcher who researches and develops new drugs for cancer treatment in a laboratory.

Degree: Medicine - Molecular Medicine
Job Title: Medical Oncologist

Job Summary: Oncologists

Job Description

Oncologists find and fight cancerous tumors. Medical Oncologists treat cancer with chemotherapy, utilizing strong drugs to kill cancer cells. Surgical Oncologists surgically remove tumors. Radiation Oncologists use high-energy X-rays to destroy cancer cells from the inside. All Oncologists examine patients, evaluate symptoms, screen for and diagnose cancers, offer prognoses, recommend treatments, prescribe drugs, and administer therapies.

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Additional Info

To practice as a physician in the United States one must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). To become board certified in a specialty, an M.D. or D.O. may have to spend up to seven years in residency training. Upon completion of that residency or after one to two years of practice, he or she will have to take a final examination in order to become certified by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialists (ABMS) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Certification in a sub-specialty may require an additional one or two year residency.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$100,000 - $500,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 25 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Hospital / Clinic, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Empathy, Leadership ability, Patience, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Analytical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Professional Degree
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