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What are the goals of oncology?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Oncology generally has three goals. The first goal of oncology is to eliminate your cancer, either by killing or removing the cancerous cells. The second goal of oncology is to keep the cancer from returning, or at least to delay its return. The third goal of oncology is to help you manage your cancer symptoms, even if the cancer cannot be killed or removed.

The main goal of oncology is to cure cancer, if we can. If we cannot cure the cancer, the goal of oncology is to have the patient live the best life he or she can, for as long as possible, with the treatments that we have available—and there are lots of treatments available.

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