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Surgery is a branch of medicine that developed primarily around the management of wounds, infections, and bladder stones. Along the way, it also became the primary treatment modality for malignant solid tumors. For many cancers, surgical resection remains the foundation of curative treatment. This chapter in Cancer Concepts: A Guidebook for the Non-Oncologist aims to introduce the history of cancer surgery, to answer the question of “What is a surgical oncologist?”, and to discuss the different categories of cancer surgery.
University of Massachusetts Medical School
cancer, oncology, surgical oncology
Medical Education | Neoplasms | Oncology | Surgery
Whalen G. Principles of surgical oncology. In: Pieters RS, Liebmann J, eds. Cancer Concepts: A Guidebook for the Non-Oncologist. Worcester, MA: University of Massachusetts Medical School; 2016. doi: 10.7191/cancer_concepts.1022. doi:10.7191/cancer_concepts.1022.
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