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Surgical Oncology - Thousands Now Live Longer, Healthier Lives Who Never Thought They Could

Author : John Welsh


You might not be feeling well or you have noticed some growths on your body that are making you nervous. What kind of doctor do you need to find to get the proper diagnoses and treatment options needed to continue living a healthy long life?

Most hospitals have a division of surgical oncology that deals specifically with both the management and treatment of tumors. You need to understand that not all tumors are cancerous, but nonetheless, you need expert advise in treating any condition that involves abnormal growths.

When you go to such a division, an experienced physician can determine the status of your condition and form a treatment plan that would be best for you. It's important to know that just because you go to a surgeon; it doesn't mean that surgery is the only option. Your physician will always start with the least invasive treatment options before considering more serious procedures. The doctor's in the division of surgical oncology are very experienced in all phases of treatment and will do what's needed to keep you healthy.

What experience do doctors in the division of surgical oncology need to have?

The simple answer is many years of intense education and training plus hours of practical experience. After 4 years of medical school and then a 2 to 4 year residency program, a prospective surgeon must then enter into an accredited fellowship program approved by the Society of Surgical Oncology. After the fellowship has been successfully completed, he or she must complete a difficult board exam to be labeled as a board certified surgical oncologist.

It's only after all of this that a surgeon has the opportunity to join a team in a reputable hospital's division of surgical oncology. Only the cream of the crop is chosen, so you know you are receiving the best surgeon to manage and successfully treat your condition.

What to look for in a quality division of surgical oncology?

It's good to look for a program that is accredited by the many surgical associations in the state it resides. Recognition is usually given for treatment excellence. A surgical oncology program is usually well connected with a vast hospital system and fully integrated with other complementary programs staffed by experts in the management and treatment of cancer.

Are the facilities up to your high expectations?

There's more to treatment than just surgery. From the exam, tests, diagnoses, treatment plan and follow-up care, you need a surgical oncologist that can allow you the best doctors, support staff, facilities and programs to successfully treat your condition. You and your doctor want only the very best outcome and all these pieces need to be in place to provide that opportunity.

In conclusion, not any division of surgical oncology will do. For the best outcome, you need to find the very best program. Don't settle for less, only the best will do.


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