A Rockland County Oncologist studies the branch of medicine dealing with tumors (cancer). A Rockland County Oncologist is a medical professional that deals with the diagnosis of any cancer in a person, therapy, follow-up of cancer patients after successful treatment, palliative care of patients with terminal malignancies, ethical questions surrounding cancer care, and screening efforts.
There are four major disciplines or specialization an oncologist may choose. Medical oncology – treating cancer with medicine or chemotherapy, Surgical oncology – the surgical aspects of cancer including biopsy, staging and surgical resection of tumors, Radiation oncology – treating cancer with therapeutic radiation, or Pediatric oncology.
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Still the most important diagnostic tool remains to be the medical history of the patient. Often a physical exam will reveal the location of a malignancy. A Rockland County Oncologist will use the following methods to diagnosis their patients:
Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography
Position Emission Tomography