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can a pediatric oncologist have to be a surgeon?

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Dr. Steven Neish
37 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
No: Classically, pediatric oncologists are pediatricians who have completed special training in the care of children with cancer. This special training is called a fellowship and typically lasts three or four years after completion of a three year pediatric residency. The surgeons who care for children with cancer are not referred to as pediatric oncologists.
Answered on Jan 26, 2014
Dr. Mark Mcgranahan
23 years experience Pediatrics
Two different doctor: Pediatric oncologists are pediatricians who have specialty training in treatment of cancer. They work with surgeons who can assist them in removal of tumors and other procedures to further the treatment of the cancer.
Answered on Mar 16, 2014
Dr. Craig MacArthur
33 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
No: Training after medical school to be a surgeon is different than training to be a pediatric oncologist. Although not a surgeon, pediatric oncologists typically perform to minor "surgical" procedures; lumbar punctures (spinal taps) and bone marrow aspirations and biopsies.
Answered on Aug 9, 2014

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