Advances in Surgical Oncology
Massachusetts General Hospital Surgical Oncologists are specialists in cancer surgery that offer the latest advances and innovations to our cancer patients. Surgical Oncologists play a leading role both in scientific research and in translating important research findings into better treatments for our patients. Patients benefit from new technologies and innovation such as lymphatic mapping for cancers, radiofrequency ablation of tumors, isolated hepatic perfusion for liver tumors, gene therapy, genetic testing to identify people at risk for cancer, sphincter sparing surgery for rectal cancer, thermal imaging of breast tumors, and isolated limb perfusion for melanoma.
All advances in cancer therapy are based on research in the fields of basic science research, clinical research, translational research (application of discoveries in basic science to patient care), population research and epidemiology. An extremely important indicator of the quality and breadth of research in an institution is funding awarded to it annually from the National Institutes of Health to perform research. The Massachusetts General Hospital receives more National Institutes of Health funding for research than any other hospital in the country. This tradition of excellence enables the Massachusetts General Hospital to offer its patients the latest advances and innovations in medicine.