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 +A physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of [[cancer]].
 +A clinical oncologist is usually trained in one of the three primary disciplines of oncology:
 +Medical oncology -- the treatment of cancer with medicine, including chemotherapy.
 +Surgical oncology -- the surgical aspects of cancer including [[biopsy]], staging, and surgical resection of malignancies) ​
 +Radiation oncology -- the treatment of cancer with therapeutic radiation.
 +Once a cancer diagnosis is made, it is the oncologist'​s role to explain the cancer diagnosis and meaning of the disease stage to the patient; discuss various treatment options; recommend the best course of treatment; deliver optimal care; and improve quality of life both through curative therapy and palliative care with pain and symptom management.
 +See also:
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