ONCOLOGY is the branch of medicine concerned with the study and treatment of cancer. An oncologist is a physician specializing in the field of oncology, though they must first complete their training in Internal Medicine. Following certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine, physicians may then undertake a subspecialty fellowship in Oncology. This additional training takes a minimum of 3 years and allows for subspecialty certification in the field of Medical Oncology. Most oncologists also obtain certification in Hematology thus explaining why the field is commonly known as Hematology/Oncology or “Heme/Onc”.
Some physicians and surgeons elect to further subspecialize in a number of related fields such as Pediatric Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Neuro-Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Dermatologic Oncology, and Gynecologic Oncology. Many oncologists also specialize within their field and develop expertise in specific areas such as breast cancer, head & neck tumors, leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.
Litigation in oncology typically arises from allegations of missed or delayed diagnosis, commonly resulting in complications or death. Oncology cases are complex and require a thorough analysis of the requisite elements of negligence, particularly causation. An experienced Board-Certified oncology expert witness from a top university medical center is an invaluable resource in evaluating these complex cases.
To learn more about litigation issues in Oncology, you may visit our news section and read our article titled “Causation: The Key Element of Oncology Litigation.”