Surgical oncology is a field of cancer treatment that uses surgery to identify, stage, and treat cancer. Palliative operations are performed by surgical oncologists to help control pain, boost a patient's comfort level, and treat cancer-related symptoms and side effects. Conditions that fall under the category of surgical oncology includes breast cancer, colorectal cancer, head and neck cancer, melanoma, pancreatic cancer/tumours, sarcoma, other types of skin cancer and thyroid tumours.
Almost all cells in the body can mutate and become cancerous or form tumours. As opposed to specialising in all forms of cancer, it is normal for a surgeon to specialise in treating illnesses in a particular part of the body, with surgical oncology as a sub-specialty. Cancer research is conducted to determine the cause of the disease and to establish strategies for prevention, diagnosis, care, and cure. It extends from the study of disease transmission, execution of clinical trials, molecular science and these applications subsume surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and immunotherapy and hormone treatment.
- Track 1-1 Surgical interventions in cancer
- Track 2-2 Targeted cancer therapy
- Track 3-3 Precision medicine and personalized therapy
- Track 4-4 Studies on signal transduction in relation to drug action
- Track 5-5 Radiation oncology