Oncology is the branch of medicine that deals with the study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer. An oncologist is a doctor who specializes in treating cancer and providing medical care to those who have been diagnosed with the disease. Oncology at Mayo Clinic is one of the largest and most comprehensive cancer diagnosis and treatment programs in the world. At Northwestern Medicine, cancer centers provide access to cutting-edge therapies and comprehensive cancer care.
Patients have access to specialized research, clinical trials, diagnostic services, medical, radiation, and surgical oncologists, as well as palliative care services. Mayo Clinic oncologists actively contribute to care and research at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, which has been designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center. Oncology research is conducted across all frontiers of the field, from cancer cell biology to radiation therapy to chemotherapy treatment regimens and optimal palliative care and pain relief. Palliative care has become a separate specialty in addressing problems associated with advanced disease.
Professor of Radiology (Vascular and Interventional Radiology), Medicine (Hematology and Oncology) and Surgery are all involved in this field. The Division of Hematology and Oncology focuses on improving therapeutic options and quality of life for patients while working to better prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and hematologic disorders.