What Does a Medical Oncologist Do For Colon Cancer Patients?

Colon cancer patients often see a series of experts for diagnosis and treatment. Learn what a medical oncologist does for colon cancer patients in this video with Dr. George P. Kim.

George P. Kim, MD: When a patient is diagnosed with colon cancer that typically occurs with our gastroenterologists, who are doing the screening test. They then go on and visit a surgeon and makes a decision whether the cancer should be removed especially with early stage cancers, but with more advanced cancer, we may keep the tumor in place for the time being. Finally a specialist called and medical oncologist will become involved especially when there is advanced cancer, stage IV or even stage III and as we discussed some of the stage II patients. A medical oncologist is a specialist who gives chemotherapy, so we are the ones who give the anticancer drugs that we discussed earlier. Our job is to manage patients safely, make sure the side effects are not over-toxic or excessive and our job is to achieve the greatest outcomes that we can. So we are the ones that actually give the treatment in these situations.

George P. Kim, MD is an Assistant Professor of Oncology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and is a consultant in the Department of Hematology and Oncology, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville.

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