The field of oncology has three major areas: medical, surgical, and radiation. Medical oncologists oversee a patient’s care from the moment of a patient’s cancer diagnosis throughout the course of treating their disease. They are often the main health care provider for someone who has cancer. Medical oncologists typically treat cancer with chemotherapy or other medications, such as biological (targeted) therapy, which may sometimes be used in conjunction with radiation therapy and/or surgery. Other treatments and procedures they may use include immunotherapy, hormonal therapy and/or stem cell transplant. In some cases, medical oncologists may suggest that a patient participate in a study, known as a clinical trial, to test new methods of prevention, screening, diagnosis, or treatment of cancer.
At Hope Cancer Center, our physicians are expertly trained in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine. Their unique qualifications allow them to deliver expert management and treatment for cancer patients.
There is no longer a “one-size-fits-all” approach to cancer treatment. Even among patients with the same type of cancer, the behavior of the cancer and it’s response to treatment can vary widely by patient. Our medical oncologists work closely with surgeons, primary care physicians, radiation oncologists, oncology-trained nurses, and you, the patient, to design a personalized cancer treatment plan that this best for you and your cancer journey.