Oncology: The Terminator of Cancers

By EasyUni Staff | Last modified 11 Nov 2017
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What is oncology?

Oncology is the study of cancer. According to news-medical.net, the term oncology literally means a branch of science that deals with tumors and cancers, while “onco” means bulk, mass or tumor and “-logy” means study.


What does an oncologist do?

The doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and the medical treatment of cancer is known as oncologist. Due to the diversity of nature of work, patient group and the methods of treatments, they are normally categorized in different specializations.



  1. Medical Oncologists

They deal with all types of cancerous tumor, and they treat cancer using chemotherapy, targeted therapy, hormonal therapy etc.


  1. Surgical Oncologists

They specialize in removing the tumor and surrounding tissue through surgery.


  1. Radiation Oncologists 

They use radiation therapy to kill cancerous tumors.


  1. Gynecologic Oncologists

They specialize in the treatment of abnormal cancerous tumors originating in and spreading over the female reproductive systems.


  1. Pediatric Oncologists

They diagnose and deal with cancers that affect children.


  1. Hematologist-oncologists

They specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and the prevention of blood-related diseases and cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and hemophilia.


Which are the top schools that offer oncology programs?

According to the site study.com, the top oncology schools are listed as follows.


  1. Stanford University, Stanford, USA


Highlight: Stanford University provides plenty of centers of study and research, and its School of Medicine’s Division of Oncology and Department of Radiation Oncology offer education and training opportunities for medical students and physicians. The programs offered include 3-year clinical research fellowship in oncology and 4-year residency program in radiation oncology.


  1. Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA

(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/)

Highlight: The Duke University School of Medicine (Duke Med) offers 11 different medical degree programs (such as Doctor of Medicine, Clinical Research Training Program) and 17 Ph.D. programs (such as Molecular Cancer Biology, Cell Biology Program).


  1. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Highlight: According to medical-schools.startclass.com, students enrolling at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine mostly have a high undergraduate GPA between 3.70 and 4.00. The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, the one of the first cancer centers in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), offers fellowship in medical and hematology oncology, pediatric hematology and etc.

You might also need to check out the link below in order to look for other universities that offer medicine programs: https://www.easyuni.com/en/international/health-and-medicine/all/all-levels/



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