What is it really like to be a clinical oncologist?

Dr Jeanette Dickson, RCR President, had this to say about her specialty:

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?

 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; a 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 consultant

 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...