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will a pediatric oncologist have to be a surgeon?

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Dr. MANNAN RAZZAK
22 years experience Pediatrics
Peds Oncologist : Most pediatric oncologist are pediatricians who have specialist in hematology and oncology and are not surgeons. There are some pediatric general and orthopedic surgeon who also specialize in oncology.
Answered on Jul 19, 2020
Dr. Kenneth Lin
20 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
No, most are not.: Most pediatric oncologists are fellowship trained pediatricians who study hematology/oncology. Pediatric surgeons complete surgery residency then a fellowship in pediatric surgery, then possibly subspecialization or special training with pediatric oncology.
Answered on Jul 4, 2020
Dr. Craig MacArthur
33 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
No: Pediatric oncologists are not "surgeons" although they typically do minor surgical procedures (bone marrow aspiration, bone marrow biopsy, and lumbar puncture with or without chemotherapy administration).
Answered on Feb 9, 2014
Dr. Sunil Bochare
15 years experience Pediatrics
No. : Pediatric oncologist is not a surgeon. He does a few procedures such as bone marrow aspiration and lumbar puncture, but these are not considered as typical surgical procedure. Surgeons will remove tumors and oncologist will order chemotherapy.
Answered on Nov 11, 2015
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