A surgical oncologist is a general surgeon who spends an additional two years developing expertise in the management of cancer patients. This specialty training follows 5–7 years of general surgery training. All five surgical oncologists at the Roger Williams Medical Center completed Society of Surgical Oncology Fellowship Programs. We are the only Cancer Center in Rhode Island with an entire surgical staff trained through Society of Surgical Oncology Fellowships.
Our surgical oncologists have performed a high number of complex liver, pancreas, colon, sarcoma, melanoma, stomach, esophagus, and breast cases. In addition to becoming highly proficient in performing complex surgical procedures, surgical oncologists are experts in managing the cancer patient as a whole. When caring for cancer patients, difficult questions often arise with respect to the integration of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. In addition to choosing the necessary treatments, the coordination of the different forms of therapy is crucial. An in depth understanding of how different tumors behave is also important. Surgical oncologists are specifically trained to integrate surgical therapy into a comprehensive treatment plan. Every patient and every tumor is unique – surgical oncologists are trained to recognize and manage the distinct situation facing each patient and family
The Roger Williams Surgical Oncologists manage the following conditions:
- Complex liver and pancreatic tumors
- Liver metastases
- Gastric and esophageal tumors
- Primary and recurrent soft tissue sarcoma
- Breast cancer
- Endocrine tumors (thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal)
- Colorectal cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Abdominal wall defects (hernias)
At Roger Williams, surgery is often used in conjunction with other therapies like radiation and chemotherapy. Many of our surgical procedures are performed laparoscopically, using minimally invasive techniques. In all cases, a multi–disciplinary approach is utilized to ensure the best patient experience and outcome. Treatment by a team of clinicians who dedicate their careers to cancer patients is what you can expect at the Roger Williams Cancer Center.