University Surgical Associates (USA) oncologists in Chattanooga, TN specialize in breast cancer, melanoma and other skin cancers, cancer of the gastrointestinal tract, including esophageal, stomach, colon and rectal cancers, as well as treating a number of patients with pancreatic cancer and liver and kidney tumors.
USA physicians providing oncology services have completed surgical oncology fellowships and training in general surgery.
USA oncologists participate in the administration of cancer programs at various hospitals in Chattanooga, and actively participate in multi-disciplinary programs in cancer care within the community.
In addition to performing indicated surgical procedures, USA oncologists also review tests with radiologists and pathologists in order to better coordinate the care of each individual patient.
Surgical oncology is the branch of surgery which focuses on the surgical management of malignant neoplasms, or cancer. While many general surgeons are actively involved in treating patients with malignant neoplasms, the designation of "surgical oncologist" is generally reserved for those surgeons who have completed one of the approved surgical oncology fellowship programs. Most often, surgical oncologist refers to a general surgical oncologist (cf. General Surgery), but thoracic surgical oncologists, gynecologic oncologists and so forth can all be considered surgeons who specialize in treating cancer patients.