Surgical Onocology FAQs


What is the difference between a Surgical Oncologist and a General Surgeon?

Guthrie Surgical Oncologists are fellowship-trained in general surgery and have undergone additional specialty training in cancer surgery. Furthermore, each Surgical Oncologist focuses his or her clinical practice on management of only one or two types of cancer. Thus, surgical oncologists offer a high degree of specialization and expertise.

Do I need to see a specialist in cancer surgery?

Surgical oncologists have advanced training and may have access to newer approaches and/or clinical trials to treat cancer. Also, because of our multidisciplinary approach, the surgeon is part of a team of oncologists working together to provide you the best care possible.