Journey Through the Specialities


Oncologists deal solely with the diagnosis, assessment, treatment and management of patients with cancerous tumours. Clinical research is an integral part of the training and role of this career since, unfortunately, one in two people will get cancer in our lifetime. There are over 200 different types of cancer each with different stages and therefore varying appropriate treatment methods for each type and stage of the cancer.

These vary from cures to prolongation of a good quality of life to palliation and so it is an oncologist’s job to provide the best possible outcome for patients in these situations as well as provide counselling and wellbeing support for them and their families if needed. 


Speciality Breakdown

You progress from the foundation years into an uncoupled training programme which consists of two years in core medical training followed by four years of medical oncology speciality training. 

– There is no doubt that an oncologist’s job is vital, now more than ever making it a respected and highly regarded career.

– Cancer research is one of the most rapidly developing fields at the moment and as an oncologist, there are many opportunities to be a part of this innovation which has the potential to save so many lives.

– Treating cancer patients and seeing them go into remission is undoubtedly extremely rewarding and would make all of the hard work worth it. 

– Communication skills have to be exceptional in order to be able to deliver bad news to patients and their families and deal with situations where heightened emotions lead to potential confrontations with clinical staff. This has been made more difficult since the pandemic where a lot of consultations are now virtual instead of face-to-face.

– This job is, of course, extremely emotionally challenging especially when doctors build close relationships with patients and their treatment is unsuccessful. 

– Due to the sheer amount of people who get cancer, it can be a chaotic and pressurised job at times.