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Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Oncologists must have a bachelor's degree and four years of medical school, usually followed by at least three years of a residency and the passage of written and practical exams. Oncologists must possess a wide range of skills, including detail orientation, manual dexterity to handle very precise tools, physical stamina to endure long hours standing, organization skills to keep track of different patients' diagnoses and treatments, and problem-solving skills to make proper evaluations of patients' symptoms in a timely manner. Needed personality traits include empathy and compassion toward patients, and patience in dealing with their problems.

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