on·col·o·gy | \ än-ˈkä-lə-jē , äŋ- \

Definition of oncology 

: a branch of medicine concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and study of cancer

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Other words from oncology

oncological \ˌäŋ-kə-ˈlä-ji-kəl \ or oncologic \ˌäŋ-kə-ˈlä-jik \ adjective
oncologist \än-ˈkä-lə-jist, äŋ- \ noun

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To help our patients, the oncology community must think collectively and creatively about how to overcome these predictable barriers. Chadi Nabhan, STAT, "Barriers to genomic testing get in the way of precision medicine," 20 June 2018 The company reported about $2 billion in revenues in 2017, most of which comes from oncology drugs. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "French drugmaker relocates HQ to Cambridge, adds 250 jobs here," 7 June 2018 Among the topics being presented are updates in medical, surgical and radiology oncology as well as a talk on Breast Cancer and Body Image. Sara Clarkson, chicagotribune.com, "Clarkson: Wellness House makes a difference in the lives of those with cancer," 23 May 2018 Nathan Handley is a medical oncology fellow at Penn Medicine and student at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. Nathan Handley, Philly.com, "5 proven ways to help save cancer patients from preventable ER visits," 24 Apr. 2018 And thanks to the field of comparative oncology, the pipeline runs both ways – insights from canine cancer patients are informing human treatments. Jessica Alice Farrell, Smithsonian, "Should We Share Human Cancer Treatments With Tumorous Turtles?," 11 July 2018 The strategy, along with other immuno-oncology, or IO approaches, has been remarkably effective in a small subset of cancer patients—and has even cured some people with terminal disease. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "A Cancer Blockbuster Gets Approved in China. Will the Floodgates Now Open?," 15 June 2018 The bulk of the funds — $450 million — will be devoted to oncology, inflammation and immunology, rare disease, internal medicine, and vaccines. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Philippine official blames deaths on Sanofi dengue vaccine; Pfizer wants you to know it still invests in neuroscience," 6 June 2018 Four other checkpoint inhibitors have since been approved, and untold dollars and energy have flooded immuno-oncology (IO) subfields, including cancer vaccines, immunomodulators and chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies. Scientific American, "After the Gold Rush," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of oncology

circa 1857, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of oncology

medical : the study and treatment of cancer and tumors


on·col·o·gy | \ än-ˈkäl-ə-jē, äŋ- \
plural oncologies

Medical Definition of oncology 

: the study of tumors and neoplastic diseases

Other words from oncology

oncological \ˌäŋ-kə-ˈläj-i-kəl \ also oncologic \-ik \ adjective

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