An oncologist is a specialist who deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
WHEN SHOULD YOU CONSULT ONCOLOGIST?
A surgical oncologist treats cancer by way of performing biopsies and removing tumors with surgeries.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF ONCOLOGIST?
The oncologist discusses and recommends relevant treatment options suited to the type and stage of cancer.
COMMON PROBLEMS YOU SHOULD SEE ONCOLOGIST FOR
A pediatric oncologist treats cancer in children and leukemia, osteosarcoma and brain tumors are some of the common cancers that affect children.
DID YOU KNOW?
Over 30% of cancer can be prevented by avoiding tobacco and alcohol, and leading a healthy lifestyle.
Why is Cancer the biggest Threat to the YOUNG in India?
There are fewer Indians who have successfully battled Cancer and have emerged successful. Yuvraj Singh, the legendary cricketer, who was diagnosed with a rare cancer at 29, survived due to an early detection. Cancer cases in India are not as many as they are in the developed world. However, due to late detection the survival rate in the country is far worse. Particularly, we are losing our youth to Cancer. Most tobacco (pan masala) related cancers and child cancers go undetected until very late. Few cancers like cervical cancer and breast cancer which affect women of any age, are curable, however, due to lack of awareness and timely screening, many Indian women succumb to these cancers. The most common sites for cancer among men are lung, prostate, colon, rectum, stomach and liver while that among women are breast, colon, rectum, lung, cervix and stomach. In proportion to our population, we lack the right infrastructure nationwide. esp in the northern and north eastern region, there is a dearth of good cancer facilities, where radiation, care or treatment can be given. Not even one third of cancer patients are alive beyond 5 years after their diagnosis in India, and about 71% of cancer deaths occur in patients in their prime productive years — between the ages of 30 to 69 years. Most Indians believe that cancer is generally incurable and that it should be kept secret from neighbors and family."" - Dr Paul Goss