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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


medical oncologist  listen  (MEH-dih-kul on-KAH-loh-jist)

  A doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy. A medical oncologist often is the main health care provider for someone who has cancer. A medical oncologist also gives supportive care and may coordinate treatment given by other specialists.