General description of the work of a Consultant Oncologist

The Consultant Oncologist deals with the management and treatment of patients with cancer. He/She is involved in the use of chemotherapy and radiotherapy to treat and alleviate the effects of cancer.
Consultant Oncologists usually have expertise in specific types of cancers such as breast cancer, skin cancers such as malignant melanomas and squamus cell carcinoma, lung cancer, leukaemias, Hodgkin’s disease, lymphomas, thyroid cancers, bowel cancer, stomach cancer, oesophageal cancer, oral cancer, brain tumours and gynaecological cancers such as cervical cancer and ovarian cancer. Some Oncologists will have particular expertise in childhood cancers.

Most common clinical areas / procedures leading to a claim of clinical negligence

  • delay in the diagnosis of cancer, especially breast cancer
  • prognosis issues related to the delay in detection of cancer
  • medication issues in chemotherapy
  • side effects of medications

Sub–Specialities / Alternative and Additional job titles

The Consultant Oncologist may also be known as a Consultant Clinical Oncologist or as a Consultant in Cancer Medicine.

Usual Qualifications

The Consultant Oncologist may have MRCP or FRCP (Member or Fellow of one of the Royal Colleges of Physicians) or FRCR (Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists) or FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons) after his/her name.

Academic Appointments

The Consultant Oncologist may be a Lecturer or Professor in Oncology or in Cancer Medicine. He/She may be an Examiner for one of the Royal Colleges.