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Sample oncologist job description

At [Organization X], we believe life continues after a cancer diagnosis — especially when there’s a team of doctors, specialists, and nurses committed to patient-centered care. We’re in search of an experienced oncologist who can rise to our high standards of cancer care and groundbreaking research. The ideal candidate is compassionate and listens to every patient’s concerns, preferences, and needs in order to help achieve the best outcome. This requires a keen understanding of the latest techniques in diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, as well as newer techniques such as interventional radiology and immunotherapy. Above all, the oncologist should have a passion for meeting the needs of patients and their families in every phase of their cancer journey.

Objectives of this role

  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to accurately assess patient needs and develop appropriate treatment plans
  • Participate as a key member of the patient-care team in implementing treatment plans and monitoring patient progress
  • Utilize and promote approved standards of care, procedures, methods, techniques, safety precautions, and study protocols
  • Participate in the development, review, and evaluation of standard operating procedures and study-specific procedures
  • Mentor junior doctors and medical students, perform auditing and research, and attend conferences and committee meetings


  • Order tests — including biopsy, blood, and imaging — to confirm a diagnosis
  • Provide patients with detailed information regarding cancer, their prognosis, and possible interventions or treatment options 
  • Develop appropriate treatment plans, with measurable goals, that provide the highest level of care while conforming to patient preference
  • Maintain quality of life for patients by managing cancer-related pain and the symptoms and side effects of treatment
  • Reassess as disease treatment progresses, and pursue alternative therapies or palliative care when necessary
  • Participate in training sessions and correspondence for study protocols and clinical trials, and ensure that patient confidentiality is always maintained

Required skills and qualifications

  • Doctor of medicine (MD) or MD/PhD, or equivalent, with training in oncology or hematology/oncology
  • Board certification relevant to country of hire in hematology/oncology, with licensure in good standing
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, caregivers, and other medical professionals
  • Motivation to work in a fast-paced environment

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Experience in research and/or clinical protocols
  • Ability to interpret clinical, genomic, and efficacy data