Longo, Dan L. National Cancer Institute, Frederick Cancer Research Facility, Frederick, Maryland.
Last reviewed:May 2021
Show previous versions
- Causes of cancer
- Genetic factors
- Environmental factors
- Cancer prevention
- Cancer biology
- Tumor detection
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
The study of cancer, including its causes, development, characteristics, and treatment. There are five major areas of oncology: etiology, prevention, biology, diagnosis, and treatment. As a clinical discipline, oncology draws upon a wide variety of medical specialties; as a research discipline, it also involves specialists in many areas of biology and in a variety of other scientific areas. The approach to the study of cancer is multidisciplinary because cancer is a fundamental problem in biology. Thus, oncology has led to major progress in the understanding not only of cancer, but also of normal biology (Fig. 1). See also: Cancer; Cancer cell metabolism; Cell biology
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Contributors include more than 10,000 highly qualified scientists and 46 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8700 articles covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 19,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information