Medical Oncology is a medical discipline rather than surgical, and focuses on developing expertise in the management of cancer patients. The management of care should be based on well-established standards and should ensure that the patient is cared for as a whole person. This care involves clinical and other investigations, management of the complications of the disease and its treatment and the provision of appropriate emotional, social and psychological support for patients and their families. The medical oncologist is an essential member of the cancer team and is frequently the central figure in the provision of total care for the cancer patient in the multidisciplinary setting. (RCPI – November 2013)

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