About 55% patients diagnosed with cancer keep the disease under control or even get healed thanks to a safe oncologic surgery.
The combination of surgery and cancer treatments have grown in recent years, contributing to the increase in the survival of the patient. The collaboration of radiation therapy and and medical oncology on the use of neoadjuvant chemotherapy or radiation therapy to promote or enable surgery is an example.
But there are also other cases such as collaboration with radiologists to plan for the surgery, or with pathologists to ensure appropriate primary and adjuvant therapies (tumour immunophenotyping and mutational analysis to optimise treatment) and the surgery quality.
The doctors emphasize on the importance that "some procedures must be only carried out at highly specialised centres, such as the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis using cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC, sarcoma surgery, isolated limb perfusion, liver, pancreatic and oesophageal surgery, laparoscopic cancer surgery, or intraoperative radiation therapy." The latter enables the removal of the tumour and the corresponding radiation therapy sessions in a single surgical procedure.