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Surgical oncology is the branch of surgery which focuses on the surgical aspects of cancer including biopsy, staging, surgical resection of tumors, and repair of affected organs. The specialty also covers after-treatment aspects like reconstruction (plastic surgery) and rehabilitation (occupational or physiotherapy to help patients return to everyday activities and adapt to physical changes following surgery). A surgical oncologist is a medical doctor who has undergone three to four years of study and training in surgical oncology after having completed medical school and a 4 year residency in general surgery.

Cancer is caused by a series of acquired or inherited mutations to DNA within the cells, damaging genetic information that defines cell functions. This removes normal control and there is abnormal and uncontrolled cell division. The result is a mass, or tumor, which invades and destroys surrounding normal tissues. Cancer cells from the tumor can spread through the blood or lymph to start new cancers in other parts of the body. A surgical oncologist cures cancer by surgically removing the tumor and surrounding tissue to ensure that all of the cancer is removed.

The tumor can develop in any part of the body; hence there are many different kinds of cancers. A few of these are:

  • Gastrointestinal cancer: This includes esophageal, stomach, liver, pancreatic, gallbladder, anal, colon, rectal, small and large intestine cancers. Main symptoms for all these cancers are similar – pain in the abdomen often extending to the back, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, weakness and fatigue.
  • Lung cancer : Symptoms include chronic cough, coughing up blood, chronic chest pain, shortness of breath, wheezing, hoarseness, fever, and fatigue.
  • Brain cancer : There are many different symptoms for this depending on which part of the brain the tumor is in. Some of these symptoms are seizures, vision problems, hearing problems, dizziness, memory problems, motor problems, nausea and vomiting.
  • Melanoma (skin cancer) : The first sign of melanoma is a change in the size (increase), shape (when one half doesn't match the other half), color (shades of different colors) or feel (edges become ragged and irregular) of an existing mole.
  • Breast cancer : Common signs are a lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area; a change in the size or shape of the breast; nipple discharge or tenderness or the nipple pulled back (inverted) into the breast; ridges or pitting of the breast; a change in the way the skin of the breast, areola, or nipple looks or feels (e.g., warm, swollen, red or scaly).
  • Cervical (of the cervix) cancer) : No early symptoms. Later ones include vaginal discharge, blood in discharge, vaginal odor (in discharge), abnormal vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, blood in urine, bladder and bowel symptoms, blood in stool.
  • Leukemia (cancer of the blood cells, mainly white blood cells) : No early symptoms. Later ones include anemia, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, fever, chills, bleeding and bruising easily, loss of appetite, and weight loss.

If you feel you have any of the symptoms related to any of the cancers, do take them seriously and don't delay seeing a surgical oncologist. A list of surgical oncologists in Oahu has been compiled for you by Oahu.us. The list follows.

Jonathan K Cho, MD
1329 Lusitana Street Suite 307 &
95-720 Lanikuhana Avenue Suite STE
Honolulu, HI
(808) 524-6115
(808) 627-9788
Laura W Hoque, MD
1907 S Beretania St
# 501 Honolulu, HI
(808) 949-3444
Antonio D Ramos Inc
1022 Gulick Ave
Honolulu, HI
(808) 847-4659
Robert W Wilkinson, MD
1319 Punahou St # 1050
Honolulu, HI
Jan H Wong, MD
1329 Lusitana St
Honolulu, HI
(808) 545-3973
Arnold Yee Inc
1641 Nuuanu Ave
Honolulu, HI
Aileen Denny Do, MD
98-1079 Moanalua Rd
# 610 Aiea, HI
Werner H Grebe, MD,
98-1079 Moanalua Rd
Suite 580 Aiea, HI
(808) 488-7797
Mark W Greif Inc
98-1079 Moanalua Rd
# 580 Aiea, HI
William S Loui, MD
98-1079 Moanalua Rd
Suite 580 Aiea, HI
(808) 488-7797
Ewa Beach
Taying Yang MD
46-001 Kamehameha Hwy
# 206 Kaneohe, HI
Jonathan K Cho MD
95-720 Lanikuhana Ave
# 140 Mililani, HI
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