Medical Oncology and Haemato-oncology

Medical Oncology

The treatment of cancer broadly falls into three areas – (i) surgical oncology, (ii) radiation oncology and (iii) medical oncology.

Medical Oncology is the branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of cancer with drugs and other therapies.  Treatment with drugs is commonly known as “chemotherapy”.  Other therapies include immunotherapy, hormonal therapies and biological therapies.  These are explained further by clicking here.

Medical Oncologists are consultant doctors with training and experience in the treatment of cancer with cancer drugs.  Medical Oncologists are supported by oncology nurses, oncology pharmacists and other health professionals.

The NCCP Medical Oncology Programme is led by a National Lead for Medical Oncology.


Haematology is the branch of medicine which deals with conditions affecting the blood and lymph systems.  Haemato-oncology is the part of haematology concerned with cancers of the blood and lymph systems, such as leukaemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma.

Haemato-oncologists often provide treatment to cancer patients with cancer drugs and other therapies, including stem cell transplants.

Haemato-oncology services are provided by consultant haematologists, supported by haemato-oncology nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals.

Expert advice on haemato-oncology is provided to NCCP by practising haemato-oncologists.