Do I Always Need to See an Oncologist if I Have Cancer?


Because many people are eager to start therapy as soon as possible, they’re quick to settle on the first oncologist they find. But it’s important to remember that you have time to research different oncologists and choose the one that best fits you.

The best way to find an oncologist is to:

  • Ask your primary care doctor if they work closely with any specialists.
  • Ask family and friends for recommendations.
  • Talk to people in your support group.

What Does an Oncologist Specialize In?

An oncologist specializes in diagnosing and treating people diagnosed with cancer. There are three major areas of oncology: medical, radiation and surgical.

Types of oncologists

  • Medical oncologist: A medical oncologist treats cancer with chemotherapy, hormonal therapies, biological therapies.
  • Radiation oncologist: A radiation oncologist uses different types of photon beams to target and destroy cancer cells.
  • Surgical oncologist: A surgical oncologist may be one of the first people you meet with if your doctor believes you have cancer. A surgical oncologist can perform a biopsy (remove a portion of tissue so it can be examined for cancerous cells) and remove tumors.

Why It’s Important to See an Oncologist

Unlike a primary care doctor, an oncologist’s sole focus is cancer — they have the strongest understanding of what cancer is, how to diagnose it, and how to treat it. Oncologists can also specialize in different areas of cancer.

At Beverly Oncology & Imaging Medical Center, inc. we specialize in noninvasive brain surgery, benign brain tumors, and malignant brain tumors, in addition to radiation oncology.

Beverly Oncology & Imaging offers state-of-the-art medical technology with greater convenience than hospitals can offer. We are leaders in our field, using cutting-edge technology like Rotating Gamma Technology™,External Beam therapy, and brachytherapy. Contact us today to discuss treatment options or to make an appointment.

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