The journey through a cancer diagnosis and treatment is fraught with challenges, questions, and the need for compassionate, expert care. At Medical Clinic of Houston LLP, our oncology department is committed to providing this care through a comprehensive approach. Understanding the role of an oncology doctor is crucial for patients and their families as they navigate this difficult journey.

Introduction to Oncology

Oncology is the branch of medicine dedicated to diagnosing, treating, and researching cancer. An oncologist, therefore, is a doctor specialized in treating cancer and providing medical care for a person diagnosed with the disease. The field is vast, covering various aspects of patient care from diagnosis to treatment completion and beyond.

Types of Oncology and Oncologists

There are three main types of oncology: medical, surgical, and radiation. Each plays a unique role in cancer treatment, from administering chemotherapy to performing cancer-removing surgery and delivering radiation therapy. Furthermore, there are oncology subspecialties focused on specific patient groups, such as pediatric and gynecologic oncology, catering to unique patient needs.

The Oncologist’s Toolbox

What does an oncology physician do, exactly? They utilize an array of diagnostic tools, including biopsies and imaging scans, to accurately diagnose and stage cancer. Treatment modalities vary from traditional approaches like chemotherapy to cutting-edge therapies such as immunotherapy and targeted treatments, aiming to destroy cancer cells while preserving healthy tissue.

The Patient-Oncologist Relationship

Building a trusting relationship with your oncologist is essential. These specialists guide patients and their families through treatment, discussing options, and potential side effects, and answering questions like “How often should you see your oncologist during treatment?” or “How long does it take to see an oncologist?” ensuring patients are informed and supported every step of the way.

Innovations in Cancer Treatment

The landscape of oncology is constantly evolving, with new treatments offering hope to patients who once had limited options. From immunotherapy that boosts the body’s natural defenses to targeted therapies that home in on specific cancer cells, these advances are reshaping the outlook on cancer treatment.

Prevention and Screening

An oncology specialist also emphasizes the importance of prevention and early detection. Regular screenings can catch cancer early, significantly improving treatment outcomes. Lifestyle changes and genetic testing also play roles in preventing certain types of cancer.


Oncologists at the Medical Clinic of Houston LLP are the guiding lights for patients facing cancer. They offer not just treatments but also support, understanding, and hope. To learn more about our oncology services, visit our oncology service page and meet our dedicated providers here.

For expert, compassionate care in oncology, contact Medical Clinic of Houston LLP at (713) 526-5511. Together, we can navigate the complex world of cancer treatment, armed with knowledge, advanced medical practices, and a deep commitment to each patient’s health and well-being.

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