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What Is Oncology?


Oncology is the medical specialty responsible for preventing, diagnosing, staging, and treating cancer. The subspecialties of oncology are provided and described below:

Medical Oncology

Medical oncology approaches the treatment of cancer with many different therapeutic interventions, such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and immunotherapy.

Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncology approaches the treatment of cancer by using focused, high-energy radiation to destroy cancer cells.

Surgical Oncology

Surgical oncology approaches the treatment of cancer through surgical intervention.

What Is Community Oncology?

Community oncology means ensuring patients receive medical care of the highest quality and making sure medical care is accessible and affordable to them in their own communities.

How Is Community Oncology Different?

Although other treatment settings aim to deliver quality care, community oncology makes a difference in the lives of patients by allowing them to remain close to their home, families, and larger support networks in the process. This is especially important in the context of oncology because the diagnosis and treatment of cancer can be emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually taxing and can last for a long period of time.

If you choose us for your care, we will welcome you warmly into our New York Cancer & Blood Specialists family. We will give you the direct contact number to your care team to best address any concerns you may have and provide for your specific needs throughout your treatment journey. Our mission will be to make what may seem like some of the most daunting moments in your life easier. You will be treated holistically and with personalized care to ensure you maintain your strength—emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual.

Above educational content created by NYCBS Staff