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Santa Fe Oncologic Surgeons

Oncologic Surgeons in Santa Fe

Once upon a time (and not so very long ago), surgery was the sole treatment for cancer.

It’s only during the last century that Western Medicine has developed additional cancer treatments to support surgical interventions.  And to this day, it’s only surgical solutions which can address almost all solid cancers.

But options for cancer patients have changed dramatically in recent decades.  This brings us to the advent of the oncologic surgeon.

An oncologic surgeon leads a multi-disciplinary team, directing the application of therapies like radiotherapy, chemotherapy and molecular therapies.  This is the contemporary standard of cancer care, with a surgical oncologist in the lead.

The role of Santa Fe oncologic surgeons

Oncologic surgeons serve as leaders and organizers.  They’re equipped with a substantial body of knowledge about the various modalities to be deployed for primary or secondary cancer, with a focus on complex cases.

Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the Surgical Oncology Board, the oncologic surgeon brings specialized skill and compassionate team leadership to patients.  This care includes maintaining high standards for the procurement of tissue and specimen banking.

Murray Brennan of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, has described 7 key areas of proficiency for oncologic surgeons:

  1. An understanding of genetic predisposition and etiology
  2. And understanding of the natural history of the cancer and prognostic factors
  3. Ability to contain cost of treatment
  4. Engaged fully in the development of clinical trials
  5. Advanced disease management facility
  6. Leads in the area of patient support
  7. Evaluates outcomes

Leading Oncologic Research And Education

Surgical oncologists aren’t just found in the operating theater.  They’re not only providing leadership for care teams, but spearheading research and teaching about cancer care in hospitals and universities.

The importance of this side of the oncologic surgeon’s role cannot be overstated.  It’s this research and education which is improving delivery of cancer care and directly impacting prognoses.

Often present in the earliest stages of testing and diagnosis, the oncologic surgeon is uniquely placed to provide leadership in community awareness and prevention education, early diagnosis and the importance of screening.

As this highly specialized cancer care leadership role develops and becomes more of a fixture in the medical community, its mission becomes addressing the disease itself.  By driving clinical trials and research efforts, oncologic surgeons are creating the conditions for new approaches that improve cancer care and survival rates.

Leading Surgeons

X-Ray Associates of New Mexico have been bringing leading-edge radiology to New Mexico for over 70 years.  At XRANM, we don’t follow – we lead.

Personalized care is one of our practice’s pillars, combined with outstanding customer service and superior quality imaging.

The staff at our 6 facilities in New Mexico provide a full spectrum of radiological services, drawing on the most advanced technologies in existence.

To find out more about oncologic surgeons in Santa Fe, contact us.  XRANM is New Mexico’s leader because we deliver leading-edge radiology, married to compassionate care that centers the patient.

Discover advanced oncologic care at X-Ray Associate of New Mexico.