What is the role of the oncologist in treating prostate cancer?

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StevenTuckerMD (Physician - Oncology (Verified) ) - 09 / 03 / 2013

Oncologist is too vague a term in this question. There is the urologist who will present him or herself as urologic oncologist, the radiation oncologist, and the medical oncologist. Ideally we all work as team but in reality the system often fragments us. It is important to mention that the radiation and medical oncologist have practices limited to oncology while the urologist often sees many non-cancer cases. That said, all three specialties might see non-prostate cancer cases as well.

The important question is to ask if the doctor has a practice limited to prostate cancer or is the predominant cancer they treat. The more experience and sub-specialization in prostate cancer, the better the patient experience. And of course, being a medical oncologist, I think we should be the primary point of contact and case management.

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