As we move further into the 21st century, we must emphasize that cancer care is a multidisciplinary approach and a dynamic process. The Textbook of Complex General Surgical Oncology is constructed to serve as a comprehensive resource for clinicians treating cancer patients. The focus of this book is to ensure discussion of core principles as well as to provide guidance in the management of various cancer sites and types. The initial aspect of the book contains an overview of germane general concepts while the vast majority comprises sections categorized as breast, endocrine, gastrointestinal, head and neck, hepatobiliary, melanoma and other cutaneous malignancies, pancreatic, peritoneal, sarcoma and other soft tissue neoplasms, reconstruction, and thoracic.
Surgical oncology is now recognized by the American Board of Surgery as a distinct specialty of general surgery. This textbook is primarily written by contributors who have been formally trained in surgical oncology. The strength lies in the ensemble of world-class thought leaders who have offered their unparalleled expertise within their niche. Every effort has been made to include institutions from all aspects of the globe.
It is beyond the scope of this book to include every cancer, as surgical oncologists typically do not manage tumors encompassing the hematopoietic, neurologic, orthopedic, genitourinary, or gynecologic systems. However, it is the intent of the editors that any health-care provider who seeks to learn more about surgical oncology utilize this book as we acknowledge that most operations today on cancer patients are performed by general surgeons.
Shane Y. Morita
Charles M. Balch
V. Suzanne Klimberg
Timothy M. Pawlik
Mitchell C. Posner
Kenneth K. Tanabe