In 2011, the General
Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program at the University of Toronto sought to
develop a practical approach to common oncology problems faced by general
surgeons in a collaboration between current and previous fellows, as well as
staff at the University of Toronto, including experts from Princess Margaret
Cancer Centre, Odette Cancer Centre (at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre),
Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, and St.
Joseph’s Hospital. This effort culminated in the publication of the Surgical
Oncology Manual in March, 2012.
The first edition
received excellent feedback on its utility from both trainees and practicing
surgeons alike. With the ever-changing landscape of surgical oncology, this
edition is updated with new evidence and topics in the field, providing a
succinct review of surgical oncology with a summary of key evidence in the
work-up, treatment, and follow-up for each cancer site as well as a section of
“Pearls”, derived from the wide breadth of experience, skills, and abilities of
the contributors. A clear, concise format has proven invaluable to the intended
audience: surgical oncology fellows, practicing general surgeons, general
surgery residents, and medical students.