on·​col·​o·​gy | \ än-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce oncology (audio) , 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 How to pronounce oncological (audio) \ or oncologic \ ˌäŋ-​kə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce oncologic (audio) \ adjective
oncologist \ än-​ˈkä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce oncologist (audio) , äŋ-​ \ noun

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Eli Lilly’s bid for Loxo Oncology, which follows a flurry of biotech deals, shows how the pharmaceutical landscape is fast-evolving as U.S. drug companies compete to become leaders in oncology. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Big Pharma’s Cancer Race," 9 Jan. 2019 Kris, an oncology nurse, won the DAISY Award given to nurses who are nominated by patients in appreciation for extraordinary care. Sara Gadzala, Cincinnati.com, "Daughter follows in mother’s award-winning path of exceptional work at The Christ Hospital," 9 May 2018 Three days after his 85-year-old wife, Helen, was admitted to the oncology unit of St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Robert Valenzuela felt pain beyond the heartache of realizing his wife of nearly 50 years was seriously ailing. Greg Hardesty, latimes.com, "‘That’s the most amazing woman in the entire world’," 17 May 2018 Takeda, which has an oncology unit in Cambridge, has apparently been enticed by Shire’s bargain-level stock price, which has fallen 45 percent in the past 15 months. BostonGlobe.com, "The week in business," 21 Apr. 2018 For instance, Gilead could choose to separate its waning hepatitis C franchises from its HIV and oncology units. Charley Grant, WSJ, "How Big Biotech Can Win Back Investors," 12 Apr. 2018 That includes lung cancer as well as leukemia, stomach cancer, and bladder cancer, among others, Alyssa Rieber, M.D., chair of the department of general oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, tells SELF. Korin Miller, SELF, "Cancer Deaths Have Declined 27 Percent in 25 Years, But Not Everyone Is Seeing the Same Benefit," 8 Jan. 2019 So far, the limited-edition beer has been distributed to oncology wards and pharmacies in the Czech Republic and has been served at several beer and food shows. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "This Beer Was Developed For Breast Cancer Patients," 9 July 2018 Media reports show this may not be the largest ovarian tumor ever removed — in the early 1990s, doctors in California removed a gargantuan 303-pound tumor, as reported by a gynecologic oncology journal. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "Connecticut Woman's Rare 132-Pound Tumor Removed In Lifesaving Surgery," 4 May 2018

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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- How to pronounce oncology (audio) \
plural oncologies

Medical Definition of oncology

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

Other Words from oncology

oncological \ ˌäŋ-​kə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce oncological (audio) \ also oncologic \ -​ik How to pronounce oncologic (audio) \ adjective

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