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Medical Malpractice Insurance for Oncologists and Oncology Clinics

What type of work do oncologists do?

An oncologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. After a cancer diagnosis is made, it is the oncologist's role to explain the cancer diagnosis and the meaning of the disease stage to the patient; discuss various treatment options; recommend the best course of treatment; deliver optimal care; and improve quality of life both through curative therapy and palliative care with pain and symptom management.

There are several sub-specialties within oncology:

    Medical oncology
    Surgical oncology
    Radiation oncology
    Interventional oncology
    Gynecologic oncology
    Pediatric hematology/oncology

A medical oncologist specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy. He/she often is the main health care provider for someone who has cancer. A medical oncologist also gives supportive care and may coordinate treatment given by other specialists.

A surgical oncologist performs biopsies and other surgical procedures in cancer patients.

A radiation oncologist develops a patient's treatment plan through a process called treatment planning, which begins with simulation. During simulation, detailed imaging scans show the location of a patient's tumor and the normal areas around it. These scans are usually computed tomography (CT) scans, but they can also include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), and ultrasound scans.

An interventional oncologist performs minimally invasive, targeted treatment of cancer. Image guidance is used in combination with the most current innovations available to treat cancerous tumors without medicating or affecting other parts of the body.

A gynecologic oncologist specializes in the treatment of cancers of the female reproductive organs.

Pediatric hematology/oncology consists of the diagnoses and treatment of disorders of the blood and malignant conditions in pediatric patients. The scope of this subspecialty encompasses that period of time from birth to the age of majority.

Why do oncologists need medical malpractice insurance?

Oncologists are by no means exempt from malpractice insurance worries. Oncologists are advised to take certain steps to decrease the chance of being on the wrong end of a malpractice claim. Many of these steps involve informing the public and patients about realistic expectations from treatment. Unrealistic expectations produce patient dissatisfaction and provide material for lawsuits.

Once a claim is reported, it can take years before it is resolved. Litigation is usually costly and awards can be significant. Medical malpractice insurance brings peace of mind to oncologists by knowing that if a lawsuit is brought against them, they will be protected by their insurance company.

What coverage does a medical malpractice insurance policy provide oncologists?

A medical malpractice insurance policy is usually written on a claims made basis. The typical policy provides coverage for damages and defense in connection with covered claims reported to the insurance company during the policy period and resulting from a medical incident which took place on or after the retroactive date.

As every medical malpractice insurance policy is different, it is important for oncologists to review the policy exclusions and the additional coverages offered before selecting an insurance company.

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We provide medical malpractice insurance to oncologists and oncology clinics in the following states
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