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Cancer (oncology)


Cancer is a general term for more than 100 diseases caused by uncontrolled, abnormal cell growth.

Doctors and other health care providers work together to evaluate and treat cancer.

A patient's cancer care team may include experts in medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, radiology, pathology, palliative care, cancer rehabilitation, as well as the primary care physician.




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Source: American Board of Specialties; Virginia Piper Cancer Institute

First published: 01/17/2014
Last updated: 01/17/2014

Reviewed by: Connie Fiebiger, RN, director of clinical programs, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute; Timothy D. Sielaff, MD, PhD, president, Virginia Piper Cancer Institute