What is medical oncology?

Medical oncology is a branch of medicine that cares for people diagnosed with cancer.1 A medical oncologist is a specialist doctor who manages your cancer treatment. They might prescribe treatments such as chemotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy or hormone therapy.2 These aim to stop cancer cells from growing and spreading, prevent cancer from recurring, or control the cancer to reduce its symptoms.3,4

We don’t just treat your cancer, we treat you

One way to think of dealing with cancer is if you are in charge of a ship. You are the captain, your medical oncologist is the first mate and all of the other staff at GenesisCare are your crew. So while the medical oncologist offers expert advice - you are in charge of steering the ship.

With this in mind, have a think about what you want to achieve from your treatment at GenesisCare. If you have any personal goals we encourage you to share them with your treatment team (your ‘crew’). This way, we can work together to create the most clinically appropriate treatment plan for you. In fact, at GenesisCare we pride ourselves on the fact that we partner with patients to codesign our services.  Through a shared decision-making process we will set goals, clarify clinical expectations and your personal needs and preferences when we put together your treatment plan.

Your treatment schedule is just that - your own. We always endeavor to adjust it to suit your life and anything that may be coming up so please let us know if you have any significant events, holidays or anything else so we can try and accommodate where we can.

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