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2018 Oncologist National Workforce Study

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) projects a shortage of over 2,200 oncologists by 2025 amidst a 40 percent growth in the overall demand for oncologist services. Amidst this growing shortage, the most common cancer for American women – breast cancer – continues to rise. The National Cancer Institute estimates that there will be 266,120 new cases of breast cancer in 2018. This report examines the oncology workload distribution and retirement ages of oncologists across the largest 50 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) by population, drawing on the Doximity profiles of more than 20,696 licensed oncologists. The report also explores the percentage of oncologists that were trained in their current metro area to assess how many younger oncologists stay versus leave their training communities, a factor that may contribute to regional oncology shortages.

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