What is it really like to be a clinical oncologist?



As a consultant

In training

  • Dr Samantha Cox a trainee in clinical oncology, tells us why she chose the specialty, the positive aspects to being a clinical oncologist, the challenges that it brings, and an insight into a typical working day 
  • Dr Sally Appleyard a trainee in clinical oncology, tells us about her experience undertaking research and how this compares to a 'typical' clinical oncology job
  • Dr Faye Robertson trainee in clinical oncology, explains what it is about the specialty that attracted her and keeps her interested as she progressing through her training.
  • This video gives a detailed insight into what training in clinical oncology is really like.

As a medical student  

  • Nandita Kaza talks about how she became interested in clinical oncology early on at medical school and what she is doing to learn more about the specialty and what a career within it might entail...


Clinical oncology is constantly evolving and challenging, with a chance to support and help patients at what is a very difficult time in their lives. You get to work in a supportive team and provide holistic care over a period of time, allowing more continuity of care than many other specialties, but you also have the challenge of incorporating cutting-edge technology into practice. There is the challenge of communicating in difficult circumstances, which gives you person-to-person contact but also the mental stimulation of performing radiotherapy planning which no other type of doctor does. With this stimulating variety, what more could anyone want?

Dr Jeanette Dickson, RCR President