Comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate multi-disciplinary team approach to oncology care by board certified surgical oncologists.
The board certified, fellowship-trained surgical oncologists of University Surgical Oncology, part of The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Cancer Institute, work closely with a team of physicians at the Cancer Institute including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, plastic/reconstructive surgeons, genetic counselors, oncology nurse navigators and social workers to develop individualized cancer treatment plans.
Patients treated by the surgical oncologists benefit from discussion of their treatment plans in multdisciplinary conferences and from innovative treatment procedures not available elsewhere in the region or state.
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A surgical oncologist is a physician who completes training in general surgery (5-6 years) and then furthers their training by completing a fellowship (1-2 years) specifically in the surgical management of cancer patients. Research has shown that outcomes in surgical caner care are positively associated to the number of cases a surgeon performs. This is particularly true of complex cancer resections of the pancreas, esophagus, stomach, liver and others.
The surgical oncologists at the University of Tennessee Medical Center participate in the multidisciplinary care of cancer patients and collaborates with many different specialties to develop individualized treatment plans that research has also shown to improve the quality of cancer care. The surgical oncology team specializes in the cancers listed below, as well as other rare tumors. They offer cutting edge treatments some that are not available in the region or state.