Reflection Paper On Oncology

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Bryce Dunlap
Ms. Thompson
Gep 101
November 20, 2017
It all began in 2013. It was a completely normal day. I woke up and followed my daily routine: brush my teeth, put on my clothes, and went to school. Little did I know, that would be the day that changed everything. I found out that my uncle Danny had been diagnosed with lung cancer. The chemo originally worked and he went into remission. After a few months of remission, the doctors said he would have a few months to live. After he passed away, I couldn't talk to him. I couldn't see him anymore. He was just gone. Cancer ended the life of someone very precious to me and his death sparked the beginning of my desire to battle this disease.
When making a list of what I already knew about oncology, I found that there was very little I knew about this topic. I knew that there were three main types of oncologists: medical, surgical, and radiation. Those different types of oncologists treat cancer patients by using chemotherapy, biopsies, and radiation therapy. In addition to his information, I knew that oncology was among the top ten most competitive degrees of study in the United States. Once I came to the realization of how little I knew, I wrote a list of what I wanted to know about this career. I wished to know what the salary and work schedule was like. What education or training would I be required to attain? As well as what was the work environment like for an oncologist? What job duties would I be responsible for? Even
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