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The overarching field of oncology has a number of ways to diagnose and treat cancer. Medical oncology often uses chemotherapy drugs to attack the cancer, while radiation oncology relies on various forms of radiation therapy. Hematology-oncology treats blood cancers. Dermatology, interventional pulmonology and other fields of medicine may also be involved in the process.
Surgical oncology is the field of cancer care that focuses on surgery to diagnose, stage and treat cancer, and to manage some cancer-related symptoms.
To diagnose cancers, surgical oncologists may perform biopsies. Biopsy procedures can include:
Laser therapy can be used to:
Lasers are most often used with other types of cancer treatment such as radiation and chemotherapy.