Cancer is a general term for more than 100 diseases caused by uncontrolled, abnormal cell growth.
Medical oncologists are doctors who treat cancer. They prescribe chemotherapy and other anti-cancer drugs, as well as pain medicine.
Medical oncologists work with other care team members to understand each patient and treat his or her cancer. A cancer care team may include experts in radiation oncology, surgery, radiology, pathology and palliative care, as well as the primary care physician.
Cancer (medical oncology)
Breast cancer support
Care at home
Chronic and advanced illness
Allina Health cancer care: Locations
First published: 08/01/2004
Last updated: 08/18/2009
Reviewed by: Timothy D. Sielaff MD, PhD, president, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute