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Oncology because of the always changing...sm

Posted By: my opinion on 2005-06-30
In Reply to: what is the most difficult field to transcribe? - whatta think?

meds. And I have to admit, though I have done ortho a lot in the past and know it well, I just don't like it.

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Radiation oncology vs. hematolog/oncology

I have experience with hematology/oncology but not radiation oncology.  What exactly is the difference?  Is it a difficult jump from one to the other?  Broad learning curve?  Any info would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.

Especially because there are always new drugs, especially if you are doing a hospital that uses experimental drugs. Can't ever find them anywhere
I am just starting an OR an oncology account and would appreciate any good sites as well.
I have done some oncology
I really did not mind it that much at all.  Much easier to me than orthopedics and physical therapy notes.  I did have Stedman's Oncology word book, as well as the internet.  I agree with the other poster, the hardest was the chemotherapy protocols, but there many resources to help with this. 
Oncology because there are new

drugs/protocols all the time.  Psychiatry because it can be very depressing after a while.  


Hi, I work at an oncology clinic.  Our transcriptionists are paid hourly and make between 11.50 to 14.75 per hour.  I've always heard radiology is the best pay because of the short length of the reports.  Some oncology notes can run 10 minutes.  It is an enjoyable specialty though.

I am actually intrigued by all of the neat things they have done to help with cancer, and people are not suffering or dieing from cancer like they used to.  The oncology field has grown so much and I think it is interesting to learn the new changes that are coming out.  It does get depressing at times, although it is more so encouraging.  I like to keep up-to-date on the new technology and watching the people get better rather than worse.  It definitely has its ups and downs, but it has also advanced so much.  It beats the same old, same old of everyday repetition with colds and cuts  

Hi for those of you that work in oncology I have a question.  I just started working in oncology.  I have worked in radiology, orthopedics and limited acute care doing discharge notes.  How long do you think it will take for me to become proficient with oncology?  I have been a Transcriptionist for about 10 years and have been exposed to hospital radiology, clinic ortho and limited discharge summaries.
Oncology involves all the organ systems and it is a challenge. I find myself praying for the patients sometimes. It is interesting to me the choices patients make regarding their treatment; some stoic, some adventurous, some depressed, some more concerned about their families than themselves, etc. It definitely makes me appreciate my health and my faith.
If you can do Oncology, you can certainly
Oncology is so experimental and thus we see all these protocols and new drugs popping up all over the place. If you can do that,you can certainly learn a more generalized field such as internal medicine which less specific than oncology. I would say a lot easier also.
Has anyone ever heard of "Schimmel" solution for oral mucositis?

oncology links
janet mills
plant city fl

been doing oncology since 1987

Once you know a field, it becomes a piece of cake.  I do not agree that you need ANY books if you are transcribing ONLINE.  There are many govt sites belonging to NIH and end in a dot gov which have all the current chemo drugs to date.  We also have other rx websites to check out like drugs dot com and rx dot com to find drugs and proper spelling and when all else fails there's always Google dot com search engine.

hope that helps and hope I didn't cross any rules here for posting, if so please let me know, moderators *S*

Rheumatology and oncology. nm
And oncology is my favorite! nm
Radiation oncology....

I normally type Radiology and love it but was asked to cover a radiation oncology account until my Radiology account is ready.  Heres my dilemma....

I think I really like doing oncology!  Can anyone tell me what the earning potential is for (full-time) oncology work? I normally get paid by report for radiiology (1.25/report + incentive). 

Transcribe oncology now...sm
I transcribed ER notes at several other MT positions, in addition to most other basic 4 reports, and I usually had no trouble getting the required lines with ER work. I enjoyed it from a variety standpoint. You never know what you're going to get, just like Forrest Gump! I, too, am tired of the repetition of oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, etc., and it does seem to sometimes drone on with some physicians. However, it can be a good line count, too. I would think you would be able to adapt quickly to ER work if you are looking for a change. Hope this helps.
Oncology or Dermatology
Which is less complicated Oncology or Dermatology???
You never catch up with oncology....
there is always different meds and procedures more than any other field I've done.  I quit after about a year.  Great experience but ya don't make the money. 

If anyone knows of any hem/onc jobs, please e-mail me...except if they use Emdat/Inscribe, then I am not interested.  Thanks for any help.

Oncology information

Some other ideas to consider:

If you are transcribing for an oncology practice, find out where they are on staff and check the websites for those hospitals.  Many hospitals feature their cancer programs.

Most states have at least one comprehensive cancer center.  There is a list of them in the back of the Stedman's Oncology Words book that includes the web addresses.  They do cutting edge research, and your patients may end up there or may be coming back from their to get their treatment locally.  By all means, buy the Stedman's Oncology Words book if you don't have it already.  New 5th edition just came out.

The National Cancer Institute has a massive list of oncology clinical trials.  I find it a bit clunky to use, but it is a resource.  Your tax dollars at work!

CenterWatch lists clinical trials and new drug approvals.  These parts of the site are free, but other parts aren't (and those are expensive).  This site is well regarded by those who work in clinical trials.

I hope you find these suggestions helpful.  I love oncology!

Radiation Oncology

Do any of you oncology transcriptionists know of any good sites for radiation oncology terms?.  I am a seasoned oncology Transcriptionist who has a new oncology account that includes radiation oncology dictation, which I have never done before.   Help, please.


Radiation Oncology
Does anyone do radiation oncology dictation, and if so, what sites do you use for help.  I am a very experienced oncology Transcriptionist having to face doing radiation oncology (which I have never done before) and I am having so much trouble finding the words I need.  Help would certainly be appreciated.  TIA
oncology is part of the
Internal Medicine here at the hospital I work for. I have onsite employment and home transcription.
Oncology accounts

Anyone know if oncology accounts generally have a higher rate of pay?


Generally the pay is the same for acute work of all specialties.  I'd recommend having a copy of Stedman's Radiology and Oncology.  If you haven't done this specialty before, as someone else mentioned, you'll spend time researching chemotherapy drugs/protocols, etc., so the better your reference resources, the more productive you'll be.

I have Oncology experience.
But not for $.065 cpl as has been offered by other companies. Perhaps a few more details in your job ad? Estimated lines per day, pay rate, TAT, company website, full-time or part-time, employee or IC?
Agree with oncology. Glad I don't do it! nm
My service wants help with an oncology account.
Sample oncology reports??

Looking for a good web site to help with oncology; chemo meds and such.

TIA!!  -have a good weekend

Does anyone know a good web site for oncology?
No idea about BOS, but Stedman's Oncology...
lists it as non-Hodgkin lymphoma .
oncology reference book

I don't do radiology, but for oncology I highly recommend Stedman's Oncology Words. 

Acute care vs. oncology
I am an experienced hem/onc Transcriptionist and would like to ask all the acute care people out there if transitioning from a hem/onc account to acute care would be very difficult?l.  I have been offered a job in acute care...just not sure if I could handle it or not.  TIA
Need reference sites for oncology

Need recommendations for reference sites on the web for oncology terms and drug reference. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

hematology/oncology accounts
Really can't answer that for you. I have a very good account in this field. One thing I can say, I find it quite depressing but I am making good $ on it. One gets too know the patients, when I deliver, I see all the chemotherapy patients there and can almost tell who is who. Its a struggle, cause I have just lost two friends to cancer. Any advice in this area would be appreciated as well.
I don't think internal med is any more difficult than oncology. n/m
Think oncology is one of the hardest specialities.
My primary is oncology and hematology
and I have tons of Expanders and macros.  I also have to go off of a handwritten schedule that is faxed and cross them off as I go and obtain DOB, MRN and doctor names to place in the document.
Hematology/Oncology job post
If you would like a good laugh, take a look at the posting for this job. They want an experienced MT, but they cannot spell. I am amazed at how many of the job postings on here have incorrect spelling and grammar.
I love my hematology/oncology account...

Yes, it isn't easy, but it is very, very interesting.  Also, I have never really found it depressing.  I "see" the same patients in followup over the years.  Many never have recurrences and are cancer-free after 10-15 years.  Sure, some do and undergo further treatment, but I always like to think I am helping in some small way by accurately transcribing their records.  I feel like I know some of these patients personally, and I route for them all along the way. 

I'd go for it if I were you. 

anybody have good web sites for radiation/oncology
including protocols, drug studies, etc.  Thanks a bunch!!
Oncology - by far is the hardest for me. New protocols every day to learn. nm
Agree with oncology. Miserable stuff! nm
Op reports by far are easiest for me - hardest is Oncology. nm
But the secret is most people love oncology.
I'm not sure why, but it is more interesting than most specialties and not usually the downer you'd expect. I think it's just the terminology and (in my experience) very smart, decent dictators. Even the ESLs are understandable because the terms are so long. Four syllables to pronounce means 4 clues, LOL.
The accounts we are hiring for right now are for basic 4, oncology and sm
multispecialty clinic. We do not have any radiology openings as of today but if a contract is signed today that is expected, that will change.
anyone know of a great oncology term site
I'm getting so tripped up with these terms, drugs and antigens, etc.  Any suggestions.
I type oncology on a daily basis.
It's tough, especially when it's a young person. At least with older people, I think they lived long and happy lives. The doctors are taking good care of them, and their family members are usually there with them. Then there are times when the doctors describe the person's presenting symptoms and I sit there wondering if my aches and pains could be cancer. Maybe that's why so many MTSOs are looking for people to type oncology. Nobody wants to do it. I should probably find something else to do.
Radiation Oncology vacation coverage
Does anyone out there with a private radiation oncology account want to exchange vacation coverage? I have three doctors in a small clinic, average 600 lines a day. They are very particular about quality and need 24-48 hour turnaround at the very most. DSS digital voice files, and all three very good dictators--no accents. I really need to be able to take a few weeks a year and some long weekends here and there and would love to find someone in a similar position willing to exchange time with me.