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Richard Eldon Royal M.D.
Specializes in Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery)
5 Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
Address: 887 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04102
Lisa A. Rutstein MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery)
4.25 Average rating 4.25 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
Address: 887 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04102
Clinical Interests: cancer, stomach problems
Ms. Jamie Lynn Thompson PA-C
Specializes in Hematology (Blood Disorders), Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery)
Address: 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102
Clinical Interests: cancer
Dr. Paige Teller MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery)
5 Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (5 ratings)
Address: 100 Campus Drive, Scarborough, ME 04074
Dr. Karin Lorraine Cole M.D.
Specializes in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery)
Address: 195 Fore River Parkway, Portland, ME 04102
Elizabeth SM Desjardin MD
Specializes in Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery)
Address: 100 Campus Drive, Scarborough, ME 04074
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What is Surgical Oncology?

Surgical oncology is the use of surgery to diagnose or treat cancer, or to manage the symptoms of cancer. The Egyptians pioneered the treatment of cancer using surgery, removing breast tumors as early as the seventh century. These days, surgical oncology is much more complex and effective. Most cancer treatments involve surgery, and in some cases it is the only treatment needed.

Surgical oncologists work together with medical oncologists and radiation oncologists to provide care for cancer patients. Along with medical oncologists, surgical oncologists tend to be the primary providers of cancer treatment. Almost every cancer patient will have a medical or surgical oncologist who is in charge of managing their treatment and making decisions about their care.

The specialized knowledge of a surgical oncologist is less about surgical techniques (which may be very similar to techniques used by a general surgeon) and more about an understanding of cancer itself. Surgical oncologists have an advanced knowledge of how cancer presents and changes, and they know the best way to use surgery to treat cancer.

Surgical oncology is a rapidly advancing specialty, and many new techniques and procedures have been developed in recent years, including minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery. A surgical oncologist is able to safely wield these complicated techniques to remove tumors from the body.
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