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Surgery is often the primary treatment modality for cancer. Approximately 60% of individuals diagnosed with cancer will have some type of cancer-related surgery. The first step in becoming comfortable taking care of surgical oncology patients is to review anatomy.  Most of the procedure names indicate the kind of surgery the patient undergone (ie hepaticojejunostomy, right hemicolectomy).  Care of the post-surgical patient is based on which procedure was performed, however be sure to check with the surgeon you are working with as they may have additional requirements.


ONS Surgical SIG This website will link you with thousands of surgical nurses and advance practice nurses.  Post a question in the virtual community or peruse the newsletters for topics related to your practice.


NCCN Free to join, this website provides guidelines for cancer treatment by site.  Algorithms are provided for overall treatment guidelines.  Not specific for surgery, however good review.


Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society Enterostomal therapy and wound care website.  This website provides information on ostomies and wound care.


The Society of Surgical Oncology The mission of the Society of Surgical Oncology is to improve patient care by advancing the science and practice of surgical oncology worldwide.


NCI Cancer Therapy Fact Sheet Provides fact sheets on cancer therapies and new statistics regarding different cancer sites.


Adjuvant! helps health professionals and patients with early cancer discuss the risks and benefits of getting additional therapy (adjuvant therapy: usually chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or both) after surgery.