Explain the types of Cancer Specialists to get cancer treatment and how to find the best one?
Dr. Amit Kumar Dhiman (Cancer Specialist, Oncology, Deep cancer Institute, Deep Hospital): Cancer is a dangerous and complex disease, which needs special treatment from the best oncology doctor. The cancer treatment involves special care by several cancer specialists.
What type of cancer specialist a patient needs to get the treatment?
There are three types of treatment options to treat cancer properly include-:
- Medicines: Chemotherapy, Immunotherapy, targeted therapy, and Hormone therapy
Every type of treatment is performed by a different type of cancer specialist. Well, not every cancer patient needs all three types of treatments to get rid of cancer.
The medical oncologist has specialization to perform chemotherapy, targeted therapy, hormone therapy, and immunotherapy. These therapies include medications to treat cancer. Medical oncologists consult other doctors to perform these treatments at a cancer patient.
To get the treatment, you need to undergo a diagnosis of this condition, so that specialists can get a piece of knowledge about the stage and type of cancer. Once you start getting treatment, you need to visit a medical oncologist for a long time or maybe routinely to get therapies.
As the name depicts, this type of oncologist has specialization to perform radiation therapy to treat cancer.
As we stated above, you may need to undergo surgery, to get rid of cancer. The surgical oncologist has special training to perform surgery to treat cancer in certain patients. First of all, he diagnoses cancer with the help of biopsy, and then try to remove cancer cells or tissues from your body with surgery.
What to consider to find the best oncologist to get cancer treatment?
If you are thinking to find the best oncologist, then you need to consider certain factors, so that you can get the best treatment. Factors include-:
Experience matters a lot
You must check whether your specialist has a valid experience in the relevant field. If not then do not try to go with him, because he does not know how to treat a certain type of cancer. Apart from experience, you also need to check whether he has proper training in treating cancer patients or not. It is a good idea to go with only a trained and experienced oncologist.
Not every oncologist has board certification here, so you have to examine well, whether he has board certification or not. If not, then you must try to find the best and certified oncologist to get cancer treatment.
You also try to ask some questions to the oncologist to check, if he has the ability to listen to you first. If he shows interest in your talks, then he will surely guide you properly about the treatment options.