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Dr. Ashita Dilipkumar Talsania M.D.
Specializes in Medical Oncology, Adult Oncology, Hematology (Blood Disorders)
Address: 6 Devine, North Haven, CT 06473
Clinical Interests: cancer, blood disorders, leukemia ... (Read more)
Andrea Dickey
Specializes in Medical Oncology, Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology
Address: 6 Devine, North Haven, CT 06473
Clinical Interests: breast cancer
Dr. Ivan Stephen Lowenthal M.D.
Specializes in Medical Oncology, Adult Oncology
4.25 Average rating 4.25 stars out of 5 (4 ratings)
Address: 6 Devine Street, North Haven, CT 06473
Martin E. Katz MD
Specializes in Medical Oncology, Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology
5 Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 2080 Whitney Av, Hamden, CT 06518
Clinical Interests: non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, von Willebrand disease, melanoma ... (Read more)
Zhao Lu MD
Specializes in Medical Oncology, Adult Oncology, Adult Hematology
Address: 2543 Dixwell, Hamden, CT 06518
Clinical Interests: breast cancer, lymphoma, blood disorders ... (Read more)
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What is Medical Oncology?

Medical oncologists are physicians who treat cancer through the use of medication, usually chemotherapy. Often a medical oncologist is the doctor in charge of a cancer patient’s health care, and this doctor may organize and coordinate all the care the patient receives, even that from other specialists.

Oncologist is a fancy word for a physician who treats cancer. There are three main types of oncologists: surgical oncologists perform surgery, radiation oncologists provide radiation therapy, and medical oncologists treat cancer with chemotherapy and other medication. There are also other distinctions between oncologists. For example, some oncologists specialize only in one or two tumor types (such as breast cancer or lung cancer), and pediatric oncologists only treat children and teens. However, all medical oncologists will be knowledgeable about the use of medicine to treat cancer.

While traditional chemotherapy is the most common medication used to treat cancer, other medications that a medical oncologist might use include hormonal therapies (such as Tamoxifen) or a newer kind of treatment called targeted therapy. Targeted therapy medications act only on cancer cells, while chemotherapy acts on all dividing cells in the body.

The care provided by medical oncologists usually begins when cancer is first suspected. They diagnose and stage cancer, or describe how serious it is. Medical oncologists are often the ones to explain to patients where their cancer is located, how severe their case is, and what treatment is recommended. They manage treatment and follow-up care after the cancer is removed, or they provide palliative care for patients whose cancer cannot be successfully treated.

Medical oncologists typically work with a group of health care providers that form a cancer team to provide care for each patient. The cancer team can include other physicians (such as oncologists and pathologists), oncological nurses, or social workers. Each specialist brings a very specific set of skills to the team, so working together as one unit, they offer a greater breadth of knowledge and skills for each patient.
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