1. What is the difference between a surgical oncologist and a general surgeon?
Surgical oncologists at Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital are board certified in general surgery and have undergone additional specialty training in cancer surgery. Each surgeon at the Cancer Wing focuses his or her clinical practice on the management of only one or two types of cancer; ensuring patients receive a high degree of specialization and expertise.
2. Are there alternatives to surgery?
Sometimes surgery may be the only treatment available or one of several choices or part of an overall treatment strategy that includes other treatments, such as radiation or chemotherapy. Our doctors will share with you treatment options and how surgical treatment compares to other non-surgical treatments, and why it may be the best option.
3. What should I know about the risks of surgery?
Surgery does involve risks and side effects, depending on the type of surgery you have. Generally, the more invasive or complicated the surgery, the greater the risk of side effects. Before you have your surgery, you may want to get a second opinion from another surgeon.
4. Do I need a special test like a CT scan, MRI, or PET scan before surgery?
Modern imaging technology is very powerful, allowing the cancer care team members to detect the smallest tumors in locations impossible to examine through a physical examination. While CT scans, MRIs and PET scans are often helpful, they can result in findings unrelated to your cancer which may lead to additional tests or procedures. Test like these are carefully considered on a case by case basis by the care team and they will make recommendation accordingly.