What is Medical Oncology

What is Medical Oncology?

During the course of your cancer treatment at Northwestern Medicine, you may see a variety of specialists on your care team. One part of your team is a medical oncologist. A medical oncologist is the doctor who will see you on a regular basis. They oversee your cancer treatment plan, and are your main point of contact.

Medical oncologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat cancer. Cancer can be treated with medicine, radiation, and surgery. A medical oncologist determines whether you will benefit from the following medicine therapies:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormonal therapy
  • Biological therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Targeted therapy

Northwestern Medicine medical oncologists are available on staff at the downtown Chicago campus and locations in the northern and western suburbs.

Request an appointment with a medical oncologist at a location near you:

Contact Us

Downtown Chicago

To find an Oncologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, call 312.926.2520 (Galter Pavilion) or 312.472.3650 (Prentice).

Northern Suburbs

To find an Oncologist, call 847.535.2134 (Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Cancer Center), 847.535.2134 (Grayslake Outpatient Center Cancer Center) or 847.724.4536 (Glenview Outpatient Center).

Western Suburbs

To find an Oncologist, call 630.352.5450 (Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Warrenville) or 630.262.8554 (Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Delnor).

Greater DeKalb County

To learn more or schedule an appointment with a specialist at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Cancer Center, please call 815.756.5255 or TTY for the hearing impaired 815.756.6448. For appointments at Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital Cancer Center please call 815.786.9197 or TTY for the hearing impaired 815.786.3711.