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Clinical oncology

Clinical oncology is a cornerstone of cancer care – providing pioneering therapies that can halt the advance of cancer or eliminate it altogether.  
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Clinical oncologists are expertly trained specialists who play a critical role in cancer care.  
 
It’s a demanding and rewarding career and with their unique expertise, clinical oncologists are responsible for cancer management and treatment including radiotherapy and systemic anticancer therapies such as chemotherapy. 
 
Together with a patient’s GP, a clinical or medical oncologist is often the key medical contact for a cancer patient. Medical oncologists specialise in the treatment of cancer with systemic anticancer therapies, whereas clinical oncologists perform the same role but are also qualified to use radiotherapy. 
 
Cancer treatment is extremely varied and complex and depends on each patient’s circumstances. This means clinical oncologists work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals including nurses, radiographers, physicists and pharmacists to ensure patients receive the best possible care throughout their journey. 
 
It is these multidisciplinary teams that assess and treat cancer using various treatments and interventions. 

Starting Your clinical oncology career

Clinical oncology is a growing and richly rewarding area of medicine. Learn more about what a career in oncology looks like and how you can start now.

Starting your clinical oncology career

Advances in oncology

Clinical oncology treatment is becoming ever more revolutionary, with new types of radiotherapy, brachytherapy and immunotherapy undergoing trials and coming into practice. Learn more about the global oncologists development, and what the future might hold for the specialty.