Article Abstract

The importance of surgical oncology in China: a view from across the ocean

Authors: Charles M Balch


In China, as in the United States and other countries, cancer patients will increasingly receive more than one modality of treatment delivered by cancer physicians from different medical specialties (e.g., internal medicine and surgery). Increasingly, those physicians delivering cancer care will also be specialists, or even subspecialists, who confine their practice to a narrow scope of care, such as breast cancer and gastrointestinal cancers, because it is almost impossible to keep up with the application of new information in the rapidly expanding cancer field, which is growing exponentially.