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Who is a surgical oncologist?

A medical doctor who has special training in cancer treatment through the means of surgery is a surgical oncologist. They treat cancers by removing tumors or other tissues. A surgical oncologist not only treats cancer via surgery but also provide medical care to people diagnosed with cancer. However, not all cancers can be treated by surgery, so the area of expertise followed by surgical oncologists remain limited to cancers which can be cured by using surgery.

What is the difference between a medical oncologist and a surgical oncologist?

There are several types of oncologists and all of them specializes in diagnosing and treating cancer. However, the method they use or train in makes them differ in their professions. A medical oncologist is a doctor who trains in diagnosing and treating cancer using medications. This doctor also formulates a treatment plan for the patient depending upon the patient’s condition. A patient is referred to a surgical oncologist by a medical oncologist (in many cases) if the patient needs surgery for cancer to be cured.

There are other types of oncologists also who are distinguished based on their method of treatment.

What type of cancers does a surgical oncologist treat?

A surgical oncologist performs certain types of biopsies to treat cancer. Some of the illnesses treated by surgical oncologists include:

  • Brain Tumor

  • Breast Cancer

  • Endocrine and Thyroid Cancer

  • Melanoma and Skin Cancer

  • Prostate Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between surgical oncologists and general oncologists?


A surgical oncologist removes the tumor and nearby tissue by performing surgery. Whereas A medical oncologist treats cancer using chemotherapy or other medications, such as targeted therapy or immunotherapy. 

Answered by: Pooja Yadav on 16/09/2019

Q: What does a surgical oncologist Do?


A surgical oncologist is a doctor who is trained to perform cancer surgery. These surgeries are performed to remove cancerous tissues or tumors.

Answered by: Pooja Yadav on 16/09/2019

Q: Can general oncologists perform surgery?


No, the general surgeon can diagnose and treat cancer with the help of different medications or therapies.

Answered by: Pooja Yadav on 16/09/2019

Q: When a patient can be referred to a surgical oncologist?


The patient is referred to a surgical oncologist if cancer can’t be cured by the general oncologist or it is the last stage of cancer.

Answered by: Pooja Yadav on 16/09/2019

Q: Do I need a second opinion if I had already seen a surgeon?


One of the most important reasons to get a second opinion is to protect yourself from misdiagnosis. 

Answered by: Pooja Yadav on 16/09/2019

Q: What are the common surgeries performed by surgical oncologist?


There are different types of surgeries such as Diagnostic surgery, Debulking, Palliation, Reconstruction, Prevention, and so on.

Answered by: Pooja Yadav on 16/09/2019

Q: What tests will a hematologist do?


The blood tests performed by the hematologist are blood and bone marrow cells. Hematological tests can help diagnose anemia, infection, hemophilia, blood-clotting disorders, and leukemia.

Answered by: Pooja Yadav on 16/09/2019

Q: Who is a hematologist?


A hematologist is a specialist who is trained in the treatment of blood diseases and cancer including iron-deficiency anemia, hemophilia, sickle-cell disease, leukemia, and lymphoma

Answered by: Pooja Yadav on 16/09/2019

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