...why choose a Surgical Oncologist
|Surgical Oncologists spend an
additional 2-3 years following the completion of their 5-6 year general
surgery residency in one of 14 special training programs in the United
states. During this additional time, they refine their surgical
techniques with nationally respected surgeons, develop advanced surgical
techniques, study with nationally respected physicians in medical oncology,
radiation oncology and pathology. They also work in basic and clinical
sciences. The number of years of training for a surgical oncologist is
far longer than any other cancer specialist. This advanced training
allows the surgical oncologist to
integrate the wide variety of cancer therapies into the best approach for
any given individual patient.
Some individuals call themselves "surgical oncologist" but have never completed a fellowship approved by the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO). To be clear, you should ask your surgeon where he/she completed their fellowship.
The SSO is an organization that promotes high quality cancer care. Belonging to this society does not imply that the person completed a fellowship in surgical oncology. If you have any reservations about your physicians, get a second opinion prior to any surgery.
|Breast Cancer: Do Specialists
Make a Difference? Annals of Surgical Oncology 10:606-615, 2003.
every aspect of healthcare, specialization makes a difference.
This phenomena is not exclusive to healthcare.
...all contribute to an overall better outcome.
Below are some of the articles in the medical
Breast cancer: do specialists make a difference?
Routine follow up of breast cancer in primary
care. Follow up by non-specialists should not be encouraged.
BMJ. 1996 Dec 14;313(7071):1547. No abstract available.
The surgeon as a prognostic factor in the management of pancreatic cancer.
Saettler EB, Temple WJ.
Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2000 Jan;9(1):133-42, viii. Review.
The surgeon's role in outcome in contemporary breast cancer.
Cady B, Falkenberry SS, Chung MA.
Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2000 Jan;9(1):119-32, viii. Review.
Influence of surgery on outcomes in gastric cancer.
Hartgrink HH, Bonenkamp HJ, van de Velde CJ.
Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2000 Jan;9(1):97-117, vii-viii. Review.
Quality of cancer surgery: challenges and controversies.
Giacomantonio CA, Temple WJ.
Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2000 Jan;9(1):51-60, vii. Review.
The German experience: the surgeon as a prognostic factor in colon and rectal cancer surgery.
Hermanek P, Mansmann U, Staimmer DS, Riedl S, Hermanek P.
Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2000 Jan;9(1):33-49, vi.
Outcome after resection of a solid tumor: volume, specialization, or both?
Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2000 Jan;9(1):27-32, vi.
Quality of follow-up of the cancer patient affecting outcome.
Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2000 Jan;9(1):21-5, vi. Review.
The surgeon as a prognostic factor in endocrine surgical diseases.
Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2000 Jan;9(1):13-20, v-vi. Review.