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Whats difference in approach by pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric oncology, pediatric general surgery?

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Dr. Barry Rosen answered

Specializes in General Surgery

DifferentSpecialties: Each of the doctors mentioned underwent separate residencies focused on their areas of interest. While there may be overlap in particular diseases treated, they would work together to provide optimal care. For example, a pediatric surgeon may be responsible for the surgical removal of a tumor and the oncologist would be responsible for coordinating chemotherapy.

Answered 2/16/2014


Dr. Terry Simpson answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Lots: Neurosurgery deals with nerves. Oncology with cancer. General surgery with surgical issues.

Answered 10/23/2018


Dr. Craig MacArthur answered

Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Brain tumor team: Pediatric neurosurgery operates on brain and spinal cord tumors. Pediatric general surgery operates on other parts of the body and usually places the central venous devices used by children for chemotherapy. They also place feeding tubes if clinically necessary. Pediatric oncology prescribes and manages chemotherapy if indicated. They also are the overall coordinator of care for the patient.

Answered 7/19/2020


Dr. Peter Than answered

Specializes in Surgery

See below: Oncologists specialize in medical therapy for cancer, managing chemotherapy and often coordinating care of patients requiring multiple specialists. Neurosurgeons treat lesions of the brain and spine using surgical approaches. Pediatric general surgeons treat a variety of conditions including cancer but often focus on surgery of the chest and abdomen.

Answered 7/3/2020



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