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Overview

Medical Oncologists investigate, diagnose and treat patients with cancer using chemotherapy and biological therapy.

Day-to-day

  • examines patients to determine the nature and extent of problems after referral from general medical practitioners and other medical specialists, and undertakes laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures
  • analyses test results and other medical information to make diagnoses
  • prescribes and administers drugs, as well as remedial and therapeutic treatment and procedures
  • records medical information and data
  • reports specified contagious and notifiable diseases to government health and immigration authorities
  • may admit or refer patients to hospitals
  • may consult other medical specialists.

Considerations

  • stressful.

To become a Medical Oncologist

  • Medical practitioners who want to specialise as a Medical Oncologist can apply for a fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

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  • Registration with the Medical Board of Australia is required.

Skills employers are looking for

  • Oncology

  • Medical Oncology

  • Cancer knowledge

  • Research

  • Communication Skills

  • Patient Care

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