Medical Oncology & Hematology
Hematology-oncology is a sub-specialty of internal medicine focused on the complex care of individuals with all types of cancer, benign disorders of the blood, and the spectrum of malignancies involving the blood. Practice in the specialty of Hematology-Oncology requires dual board certification in both Hematology and Oncology, and some Hematologist-Oncologists may specialize more heavily in one of the two disciplines.
Hematologists are specifically trained internal medicine physicians or pathologists who have additional training specializing in diseases of the blood, spleen and lymph glands. Oncologists focus on the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of all types of cancer, including certain benign conditions as well as malignant tumors. Both specialties act as key leaders in the care of patients with these types of diseases, working closely with other members of the medical team to identify and attain the optimal outcome for each individual.
Their capabilities represent a wide variety of skills including diagnosis, management of any necessary chemotherapy, oversight and medical coordination of cancer care with oncologic surgeons, radiation oncologists and integrative therapy providers, as well as addressing and advising patients regarding the appropriateness of genetic screening, clinical trials, palliative care, as well as survivorship, prevention and wellness concerns.