Working life (medical oncology)

This page provides useful information about the roles and responsibilities of medical oncologists, where they work, who they work with and what they feel about their role.

“Medical oncology promotes awareness of the principles of good cancer care.”  Medical oncology consultant.

Most medical oncologists are based in a cancer centre, and most cancer patients receive their care in outpatient settings, such as clinics and day care wards.

Consultants will carry out a number of outpatient clinics every week seeing new and follow-up patients. Most outpatient clinics will necessitate two hours of direct clinical care administration for the organisation and prescription of patient treatment.

Medical oncologists also participate in inpatient ward rounds and multidisciplinary team meetings. They also support:

Just under 40% of consultants say they are routinely on call at weekends.

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