Oncologist

An oncologist is a doctor who provides cancer-diagnosed individuals with medical care. Throughout the illness, the oncologist would oversee the treatment of a patient, from diagnosis to recovery or death.

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KEY SKILLS

  • Communication skills

  • Work well in a multispeciality team setting

  • Detail Oriented

  • Empathetic 

  • Efficient at Multitasking and Coordination

  • Ability to constantly learn and innovate

  • Great thirst of knowledge, passionate about curing cancers

PROS

  • Good opportunities for job growth

  • A stable career option

  • Highly rewarding and challenging career

  • High pay

  • A job that is in demand

  • Highly collaborative - oncologists tend to work with doctors of others specializations to treat patients

CONS

  • Treating patients with cancer can be emotionally draining and physically demanding

  • Work hours are long and erratic

  • The study is long and intensive

  • Increasingly competitive job

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Hospitals

  • Research

  • Strong Interpersonal skills

  • Work well under pressure

  • Good at handling multiple tasks

  • Interested in Cancers and Oncology

  • Able to empathise

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Interesting Facts about the career

  • Researchers strongly believe that over half of all cancers and cancer related deaths can be cured or prevented

  • The earliest description of cancer was found in the Edwin Smith Papyrus dating back to 1600 B.C. It describes what appears to be breast cancer. Though breast cancer was treated by cauterization with a tool called a “fire drill,” the author ultimately wrote, “There is no treatment.”

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