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Cancer / Oncology refers to growth of a bulk, mass or tumor. Oncology is concerned with:
The most important screening tool remains the medical history: the character of the complaints and any specific symptoms (fatigue,weight loss, unexplained anemia, fever of unknown origin, paraneoplastic phenomena and other signs). Sometimes a physical examination will reveal the location of a malignancy.
Apart from in diagnosis, these modalities (especially imaging by CT scanning) are often used to determine operability, i.e. whether it issurgically possible to remove a tumor in its entirety. Generally, a tissue diagnosis (from a biopsy) is considered essential for the proper identification of cancer.
Treatment modalities for a cancer patients can include either all or some of the following in varying combinations:
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