Surgical Oncology — a Speciality?
The panel, consisting of two general surgeons and two surgical oncologists, discussed the pros and cons of the concept of a “surgical oncologist” in the care of patients with cancer. Such a speciality is in addition to the oncologist in special fields, i.e., gynecology, urology, and hematology as well as other anatomic areas of involvement. The surgical oncologists would coordinate the therapy which might involve irradiation, immunology, and chemotherapy in addition to surgery. In the past, the surgical oncologist has been concerned with peripheral tumors, i.e., head and neck, breast, and melanoma, as well as solid tumors within the abdomen and, more recently, with chemotherapy.