Oncologists face one of the most mentally and emotionally challenging positions that a health care professional can choose to enter; the role of an oncologist, however, can be extremely rewarding because of his/her ability to diagnose health problems, perform life saving surgeries, and see patients improve and hopefully be cured of cancer.
Dealing with a terminal disease, such as cancer, not only affects the patient and the family of the patient, it also affects the doctor that aids them. In order to cure this disease someone has to be brave enough to endure long nights without sleep and put one’s personal problems aside to replace them with someone else’s. The doctor that provides this assistance is an oncologist. They stick by the patient’s side and help contribute to the improvement of their health. Not only do they enhance the health of others, they also serve as their personal cheerleader that encourages them during rough times.
Oncologist Donald Abrams says, “Cancer is like a weed” (Integrative Oncology: A Healthier Way to Fight Cancer). Cancer starts with a mutation of a cell that causes a change in the growth and division; this shows that even the smallest thing can be fatal (What Is Cancer?). Cancer is a possibly fatal disease that can affect people both physically and emotionally. And every year it takes the lives of millions of people. The amount of people with cancer is growing (Cancer Facts and Statistics). According to Jacque Wilson “The increasing cancer patients are outnumbering the number of physicians in addition financial problems will result in trouble with cancer care in the United States” (Report: Cancer will be No. 1 killer in U.S.). “By 2030, the global burden is expected to grow to 21.4 million new cancer cases and 13.2 million cancer deaths simply due to the growth and aging of the population, as well as reductions in childhood mortality and deaths from infectious diseases in developing countries” (Cancer Facts and Statistics). Along with the growing number of deaths the surviving rates are also improving as well as increasing. Cancer is just an obstacle that is meant to be faced with and oncologists do a good job at it. (Cancer Facts and Statistics)
An oncologist is a physician who specializes in medicating people with cancer. He or she oversees treatment once a person is diagnosed with cancer (Oncologist-approved Cancer Information). Oncologists help ease patients suffering from cancer that cannot be treated or in pain (What Does It Take to Become an Oncologist?). Being an oncologist can be an emotional job, therefore, oncologists have to be physically and mentally tough; usually oncologists are with a patient until they become better or something tragic happens. During this time they become closer and build a friendly relationship with them; this only makes it harder on the oncologist when their patient’s cancer comes back or dies. It has to be understood beforehand that there is no so much thing as...