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Is becoming a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist worth the long years of training and hard work? Many of those whom choose to enter this field develop their initial interest as Pediatric residents experience the challenges and joys of caring for children and teenagers with complex disorders such as blood diseases and cancer. Students interested in becoming a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, should understand the basic information about the pediatric's job description, working conditions, and the required training. Although radiation and surgeon oncologists may treat cancer in pediatric patients, the term '' pediatric oncologist '' refers to the physicians who have received further training in medical oncology and hematology after specializing in pediatric. Since pediatric oncologists treat children and teens, their focus is somewhat different than of medical oncologists who treat adults. Patients of the pediatrics are not usually afflicted by the wide variety of cancers that are commonly seen in adult patients, therefore pediatric oncologists may deal with fewer cancer cases and more genetic hematologic disorders. Most hematologic disorders (sickle-cell disease, hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, leukemia, lymphoma, and embryonic tumors) occurring during infancy, childhood, and adolescence are uncommon and require a highly sophisticated approach to diagnosis and treatment based on molecular and cellular biology, and other academic disciplines. The rapid and impressive progress in the field in recent decades require the specialty to be practiced when teaching and research are actively conducted. Therefore, most pediatric hematology/oncology specialists serve full time on medical school faculties or in hospital-based departments. While most hematologist-oncologists practice in academic setting, a great number are now in private practice. Members of academic…...

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