Can a head oncology consultation detect cancer?
What would make my doctor suggest a head oncology consultation?
An oncologist is the term used by doctors to describe a doctor who specializes in the treatment of cancer. If your doctor has suggested that you speak to a head oncologist, it is likely because there is at least the concern that you could have cancer of some part of the head. The oncologist would then have the role of identifying the concern that was noted by your other physician, analyzing that concern in the context of any lab, imaging, and physical exam findings, and then suggest a diagnosis. This could possibly include cancer, although oncologists also make other diagnosis to explain symptoms that seem, to some, to resemble cancer. As the head includes multiple medical and surgical subspecialties, it is impossible to know whether or not you will be meeting with a doctor who treats brain cancer, head cancer, jaw cancer, or even skin cancer. Regardless of what your specific problem may be, oncologists are trained to determine efficiently if it is likely to be caused by cancer. This will often require a tissue sample, which is generally obtained by biopsy either in office or at a scheduled appointment at a later date. Please discuss your concerns with your oncologist, and keep this appointment.
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