Surgical Interventions in Cancer

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Chapter 25

Surgical Interventions in Cancer

Summary of Key Points

• The cancer surgeon is a key member of a multidisciplinary cancer care team.

• The surgeon is frequently the “entry point” for patients who are suspected of having cancer or are newly diagnosed with cancer.

• The surgeon must be prepared to communicate the results of initial biopsy pathology and staging to the patient, interpret these results in a meaningful way, and prepare the patient for the next steps in care.

• To be an effective member of the “team,” the surgeon must have knowledge of the biology and natural history of the cancer to be treated.

• The surgeon must be technically experienced in diagnostic procedures and operative interventions used in cancer management.

• The cancer surgeon must be experienced in the preoperative and postoperative care of surgical patients with complex cases.

• The surgical oncologist must have an appropriate knowledge base in medical and radiation oncology.

• Patients treated in a multimodality setting and in high-volume centers have improved outcomes.

• Training of the surgical oncologist must encompass the following: