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, Dr. Francis Rosato is the medical director of Surgical Oncology at Capital Health. He specializes in complex, minimally invasive surgical procedures to treat cancers in the gastrointestinal system (also known as the digestive system) and surrounding areas. He is one of the area’s foremost experts in advanced open, laparoscopic (minimally invasive), robotic (using the da Vinci® Surgical System) and ablative (burning or freezing of tissue) techniques.
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.
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.