Surgical Onocology FAQs

What is the difference between a surgical oncologist and a general surgeon?

Guthrie surgical oncologists received additional specialty training in cancer surgery. Each surgical oncologist focuses his or her practice on the management of specific cancer types.

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. Your surgeon is part of a team of oncologists working together to provide you the best care possible.

Interventional Endoscopy and Endoscopic Ultrasound

At Guthrie our Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) specialists are fellowship-trained in using the latest technologies to diagnose diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, bile ducts and pancreas. Our specialists have a combined 35 years of experience with cancer diagnosis and staging. EUS uses endoscopy, the insertion of a thin probe, and high frequency ultrasound to obtain images of the digestive tract. EUS revolutionizes evaluation and diagnosis of both upper and lower digestive tract disorders by providing more detailed images for more accurate diagnosis and preoperative cancer staging. Endoscopic Ultrasound is a low-risk procedure.

Guthrie specialists use Endoscopic Ultrasound to help detect:

  • Abnormalities of the gastrointestinal wall or adjacent structures.
  • Bile duct cancer.
  • Colorectal cancer diagnosis and staging.
  • Chronic pancreatitis.
  • Gallstones.
  • Liver cancer diagnosis and staging.
  • Pancreatic cancer diagnosis and staging
  • Pancreatic abnormalities