A surgeon certified in Complex General Surgical Oncology has specific knowledge and skills related to the diagnosis, multidisciplinary treatment, and rehabilitation required by patients with cancer, especially those with complex presentations or requiring complex general surgical oncology procedures, or with rare or unusual cancers.
Surgeons certified in this specialty are trained to interact with other oncologic specialists as part of the necessary interdisciplinary collaboration dictated by the multidisciplinary treatment of the cancer patient; to participate in outreach community activities in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation; and to assume a productive role in cancer research and lead cancer studies.
The "complex" term in the name of this certificate is intended to reflect the advanced cognitive, technical, clinical practice, research, and outreach skills that are acquired by an individual certified in this specialty. The term "general" is intended to differentiate the scope of practice of the general surgical oncologist from the scope of practice of other surgical oncologic specialists.
A surgeon certified in complex general surgical oncology has previously achieved certification in general surgery. This certificate builds upon the oncologic knowledge and skills of the certified general surgeon to signify advanced training in the surgical treatment and multidisciplinary care of rare or uncommon cancers or complex presentations.
Posted: January 2015