Cancer specialists, also called oncologists, are doctors specialized in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. There are different types of cancer specialists based on the specific area or region they specialize in. For example, a cancer specialist who diagnoses treats and prevents the disorders of the blood, bone marrow and lymph nodes are Hematologists. A cancer specialist works in coordination with various healthcare experts for special cancer care.
If cancer is detected in a patient with symptoms of cancer, oncologist designs a treatment plan for you based on his evaluation with the details of the type of cancer you have, what is the stage of the cancer, how fast it is likely to grow and what parts of your body are or likely to get affected.
A cancer specialist manages a patient’s care throughout the course of the treatment starting with the diagnosis, including: