Surgical oncology is a relatively new medical field combining parts of the surgery and oncology fields into one. Surgical oncologists complete additional training and have extensive experience in the multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of cancer patients.
In addition to providing advanced surgical treatment options, surgical oncologists require a broader knowledge of other cancer diagnosis and treatment options, including: a more in-depth understanding of the fundamental biology of cancer, the potential complications and appropriate candidates for combination therapies (ones that involve a combination of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and/or other non-surgical modalities), and expertise in palliative approaches to surgery and other treatments.
At Capital Health Surgical Group, two of our surgeons have received fellowship training in surgical oncology from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.
Dr. Lisa Allen is a fellowship trained breast surgeon and director of the Capital Health Center for Comprehensive Breast Care. She provides surgical care for patients with both benign and malignant breast disease, and other breast conditions.
Dr. Christopher Gannon is a fellowship trained surgeon with expertise in benign and malignant diseases of the digestive tract as well as the endocrine system and skin. Prior to joining Capital Health Surgical Group, Dr. Gannon was assistant professor of surgery and director of the liver tumor study group in the Division of Surgical Oncology at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Surgical oncologists are typically only found in large, academic medical centers where, in the past, patients would have to travel outside of the region. At Capital Health Surgical Group, this unique level of surgical expertise is available for patients and their referring physicians here in the greater Mercer and Bucks County area.