A Career as an Ocologist

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Every year millions of people die from cancer or cancer related complications. A career in oncology allows one the opportunity to specialize in the care, treatment, and research to help those with this devastating disease. Cancer is a complicated disease that causes severe illness. The complications from the disease process results in death around the world. Oncologists’ works together with other medical team members in helping patients through cancer treatment live with the disease or die with dignity. Cancer is a disease in which abnormal blood cells rapidly multiply causing significant medical complications that often results in death (DeVita). When the initial cancer diagnosis is discussed with the patient and family, the news is devastating. The family has to do the best they can to get their loved ones mind off the fact that they could die. “I wanted to always be a doctor to help people with cancer deal with the disease and, if I can’t cure them, them help, I assist them to die with dignity” (Soni). Cancer research continues to expand and has a wealth of new technologies for cancer imaging and tumor treatment. This extensive ongoing research seeks a cure for this devastating disease. The research resulting in a cure for cancer would help reduce health care cost that is rising in the face of a struggling American economy (Healthcare Salaries). Another complex part of cancer treatment is the psychosocial support for cancer patients. This intervention requires a team approach in treating the physical and emotional needs of the patient (Devita). Psychosocial support helps patients and family member deal with fears, depression and the ongoing economic issues that come with the cancer diagnosis, and the altered lifestyle l... ... middle of paper ... ... the future. Works Cited Coleman, Norman, and Eli, Glatestein. “The Road Not Taken and Choices in Radiation Oncology. “The Oncology. N.P., 03 Mar 2009. Web. 13 Nov 2013. www.The Oncology.com. DeVita, Vincent. Cancer Principles & Practice of Oncology. 9th. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a Walters Kluwer business, 2011. Print. Longo, Dan. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. 18th. 1. Chicago: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 2012. Print. Martin, Gore “So you want to be… a medical oncologist.” British Journal of Hospital Medicine. 70.10 (2009): 160-161. Print. www.bjhm.co.uk. “Radiation Oncologist Salary & Job Description.” Healthcare Salaries. N.P., n.d. Web. 16 Nov 2013. www.Healthcare-salaries.com/physicians/radiation-oncologist-salary . Soni, Jaider, and Jo-Mel Labayog. Personal interview. 27 Nov 2013.

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