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A 43-year-old member asked:

superspecialisation in surgical oncology and in medical oncology difference?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Surg vs. med: Surgical oncology: surgeons who specialize in cancer. Med onc: internal medicine doctors who specialize in cancer. [see a longer answer to the same question that i just posted].
Dr. Charles Breaux
Pediatric Surgery 39 years experience
Surgery or medicine: As a broad answer, cancer is treated in 3 ways that may be used in combination -- surgical resection or biopsy, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. Surgical oncologists do the surgery. Medical oncologists do the chemotherapy. Radiation oncologists do the radiation therapy. They often work together to deliver optimal treatment to the patient, depending on the type of cancer.
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Training : In addition to the previous answers, there is a difference in training. Everyone does 4 years of medical school. Radiation oncology is then a 4-year residency. Medical oncology is a 3-year internal medicine residency followed by a 3-year hematology/oncology fellowship. Surgical oncology is a 5-year general surgery residency followed by a 2-year surgical oncology fellowship.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Superspecialisation available: MCH in surgical oncology m.Ch.In oncology dm in medical oncology difference?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Huh!: I don't understand your question. Surgical oncologists have completed a 5 year residency in surgery and a two year fellowship in surgical oncology. We are surgeons with special interest and experience in treating cancer. Most do not give chemotherapy. Medical oncologists typically start with internal medicine and then subspecialise. They give chemotherapy and other drugs but do not do surgery.
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Ask your doctor: Normally not a problem if normal healing occurs but check with your doctor to be sure.
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What are the reasons for needing surgery for back pain?

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Unstable spine: With nerves at risk . Back pain surgery are attempts to change out uncomfortable strucures for more comfortable structures or to stop painful small joint movements although scarred muscle hurts and stiff joints arent always percieved as more comfortable works occasionally is very diagnosis and patient dependant patient selection is key.
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A 18-year-old female asked:

If answer 87 yr old woman fell and broke her hip is she to old to have surgery?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Not necessarily : It depends on the health of your grandmother and the type of fracture that she sustained. Some can be repaired simply and others require a more invasive procedure. If the risk is great because she has poor health they may hold on surgery. If she is a healthy 87 yo then they would operate. My 105 yo grandmother had hers repaired at age 85. She was active till 105. Hope she is ok.
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My surgeon has extensive experience in doing gastric bypass surgery but have never done a takedown operation on gastric bypass. What should I do?

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Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
General Surgery 39 years experience
Go to: Another surgeon. Many of today's surgeons are trained laparoscopically but are not so confident in open procedures. Older surgeons are more experienced in both, since they started with open procedures and then they adopted laparoscopic ones.

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