Derived from Greek words, onkos, meaning bulk, mass, or tumor and the suffix -ology, meaning "study of," oncology is the medical subspecialty dealing with the study and treatment of cancer. The Master of Clinical Oncology programme is a clinical and coursework syllabus where candidates will experience first hand the pressures, agony, despair and hope of cancer patients and their families.
Oncologists often coordinate the multidisciplinary care of cancer patients, from diagnostics through treatment to the cure or eventual outcome. There are also many other subspecialisations in oncology, either defined by the patients the candidate treats, i.e: Gynaecologic Oncologist (for women) or Paediatric Oncologist (for children), or by the treatments candidates use, i.e: Radiation, Surgical or Medical Oncologist.
Cancer is the number one cause of death among men and women in the world.
This Master's programme, offered by the Faculty of Medicine, requires candidates to fulfill both coursework as outlined by the department, and clinical duties as assigned. Successful completion of the programme is also subject to the standards set by the Faculty.