Having studied Oncology,
Dr. Bruce has been trained
to diagnose and treat all types and forms of cancer, utilizing various forms of diagnostic tests (such as biopsies, imaging tests, endoscopic tests and laboratory tests) and treatment techniques (such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy). Dr. Bruce is also trained to provide emotional and palliative care, helping to provide the highest quality of life possible.
Oncology is a specialized field of medicine that encompasses the diagnosis, treatment and management of all forms and types of cancer. Within oncology there are three main subspecialties – medical oncology, surgical oncology, and radiation oncology. Medical oncologists use a variety of medications to treat those with cancer; surgical oncologists perform a variety of operations to treat cancer; radiation oncologists utilize radiation therapies and treatments to treat cancer. Aside from the three main subspecialties, there are others including gynecologic and pediatric oncology.
Generally, oncologists work to diagnose and screen for various types of cancer through such procedures as biopsies and endoscopies, as well as the use of medical imaging techniques (including ultrasounds, MRIs, CT scans, and X-rays). Oncologists may also order nuclear medicine testing procedures to diagnose certain types of cancer. Aside from these techniques, oncologists may search for tumor markers, which are found in the blood or urine when malignant cancer is present.
Oncologists also draw upon their expertise to determine what form of interventional therapy would be most effective for each specific case. For example, the oncologist will determine if radiotherapy or chemotherapy should be administered, or if surgery is necessary to remove all or part of a tumor to halt the advancement of the disease. Oncologists may also provide various forms of hormonal therapy, as well as other treatments and procedures that treat and manage cancers.
Having studied Hematology / Oncology,
Dr. Bruce has been trained
to diagnose and provide treatment for blood-related disorders and all types of cancer, which can range from the common to the very rare and complex. Dr. Bruce is trained to provide care as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team, working in conjunction with other physicians and specialists to ensure the highest possible standard of care.
Hematology/oncology is a highly specialized field of medicine that serves to diagnose and treat patients suffering from hematologic (blood-related) disorders and malignant (cancerous) diseases. Because many cancers involve the blood, and the two specialties of hematology and oncology often overlap in this regard, the specialized field of hematology/oncology has emerged.
Having trained in both hematology and oncology, these physicians are capable of diagnosing and treating both blood-related disorders and cancer as separate diseases. However, hematologist oncologists are also specialists at providing treatment for patients suffering from the many disorders that overlap into both specialties, such as cancers affecting the blood. Examples of these types of conditions include lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma, among others.
Hematologist oncologists often work as part of a multidisciplinary medical team to provide the requisite treatment to patients. Medical teams may include radiologists, psychiatrists and nuclear medicine specialists, among others. Hematologist oncologists draw upon their vast knowledge of both medical specialties to ensure that patients are receiving complete medical care, as disorders of this nature can be very complex and wide-ranging.