A member asked:
what is the difference between a surgical oncologist and a general surgeon? what procedures do they overlap on? do oncology surgeons only deal with cancer related procedures?
1 doctor answer
Dr. John Fung answered
38 years experience General Surgery
A : A surgical oncologist is a general surgeon that specializes or received specialty training in surgical approaches to cancer. In general a surgical oncologist spends an additional two years in fellowship training after general surgery residency. While many general surgeons perform cancer operations, such as colon cancer, breast cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, soft tissue cancers - the difference between the two relate to the focus of the surgical oncologist in utilizing the network of cancer related resources, such as registries, clinical trials, protocols for treatment, multidisciplinary input from other cancer specialists, such as medical and radiation oncologists. Surgical oncologists may specialize in specific areas, such as breast cancer, or skin cancer, or may do a variety of surgical procedures, some of which are general surgery procedures.
Answered on Jan 29, 2019
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