Oncologic Surgery

Many doctors feel that these are exciting times for the advancement of cancer surgery. Cancer, or oncologic, surgery includes the appropriate integration of minimally invasive surgical techniques such as laparoscopy and laparoscopic ultrasound. At the International Surgery Rome, we use these techniques primarily to diagnose and treat cancerous tumors of the digestive, or gastrointestinal tract, including:

  • Lymphatic cancer
  • Cutaneous cancers (skin cancer and melanoma)
  • Colon and rectal cancers
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Stomach cancer

Oncologic surgery includes the precise surgical treatment of various cancers while sparing healthy tissue around them. It also includes collaboration with other specialists – in oncology and radiation oncology.

Your doctor will gladly refer you to The International Surgery Rome for all your oncologic surgery needs. And you will be glad to have experienced professional care in a relaxed, compassionate environment.


What is a surgical oncologist?

Surgical oncologists are surgeons who specialize in the treatment of cancer. General surgical oncologists treat cancers of the skin, lymph nodes, soft tissues (muscle, fat, and blood vessels), breast, thyroid and other endocrine organs, intestines (stomach, small bowel, colon, rectum and anus), and the peritoneum (lining of the abdomen).

How does surgical oncology work with other cancer specialists?

Effective treatment of many cancers requires a combination of surgery, medications, and/or radiation therapy. Medical oncologists are experts in the use of medications (chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted biologic therapies, etc), while radiation oncologists are experts in the use of radiotherapy, to treat cancer. Other experts, including radiologists (who interpret images such as CT scan, MRI, etc), pathologists (who study cancer cells under the microscope), nurses, pharmacists, palliative care teams (who specialize in treating patient symptoms), and many others, are also important members of the cancer care team. Surgical oncologists are experts in the use of surgical techniques to diagnose and treat cancer. Surgery is an essential part of effective treatment for many cancer types but recommendations about surgery – whether it is for a small biopsy or a lengthy complex operation – are best made by surgeons who work in close coordination with other cancer specialists. Surgical oncologists have specialized training and daily experience working in teams to build the best possible treatment plan for each individual patient.

Do surgical oncologists treat only rare types of cancer?

No – any cancer patient can be referred to see a surgical oncologist.
Some cancers occur more frequently and usually have well established treatments. Most patients with these cancers receive excellent surgical care from general surgeons and other specialists. However, some of these patients have complex medical problems or a specific issue related to their surgery that requires more specialized assessment. These patients are referred to see a surgical oncologist.
Many cancers occur less frequently and do not have well established treatment protocols. These “rare” tumors are often referred to a surgical oncologist, who may see many more of them than any other surgeon or general practitioner. Surgical oncologists become experts in “rare” or “orphan” cancers and develop treatment recommendations based on knowledge of how tumors behave, available treatment options, and the newest research findings.

How do surgical oncologists stay up-to-date with new advances?

There are constant improvements in treatments and surgical oncologists remain up to date on these treatments through participation in research, networks of experts, and regular conferences to review scientific evidence. Surgical oncologists are leaders in the development and implementation of new effective cancer treatments.

Do all surgical oncologists treat the same cancers?

Most surgical oncologists treat a broad range of cancers, applying their knowledge of tumor biology and the best available treatment options. Some surgical oncologists develop a particular focus within their practice, treating more patients with a particular type of cancer. In order to focus on one area, these surgical oncologists forgo treating some other types of cancer.
We work as a team and will always ensure that you are seen by a surgical oncologist with expertise specific to your needs.

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