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What is a pediatric oncologist?

A pediatric oncologist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and  treatment of childhood cancers.

A pediatric oncologist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancers in children and teenagers. Some pediatric oncologists have an additional specialty in treating diseases of the blood, including cancers; they are called pediatric hematologists/oncologists. These doctors typically undergo many years of education and training that includes:

  • four years of medical school
  • three years in a pediatric residency program
  • at least three additional years in pediatric oncology or pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship training
  • certification by the American Board of Pediatrics

A pediatric oncologist is a medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating cancers in children and teenagers. Some pediatric oncologists have an additional specialty in treating diseases of the blood, including cancers; they are called pediatric hematologists/oncologists. These doctors typically undergo many years of education and training that includes:

  • four years of medical school
  • three years in a pediatric residency program
  • at least three additional years in pediatric oncology or pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship training
  • certification by the American Board of Pediatrics

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