Medical oncology uses systemic medicinal interventions to treat cancer -- meaning medicine travels throughout the body, unlike radiation and surgery, which are directed to a specific site. The field also coordinates the various specialties in caring for a patient, as well as follow-up care, palliative care, cancer education, and preventative care.
Cancer treatment may involve some combination of surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, hormonal therapy or radiation. Oncology doctors typically receive specialty training in one of these areas and sometimes in more than one field.
Although many patients with cancer develop relationships with more than one physician, it is helpful to have one specific physician who acts as your primary cancer caregiver who will plan and coordinate all of your care.
At Cascade Surgical Oncology, Dr. Trezona has specialty training in evaluating and treating all types of lumps (such as breast lumps), abnormal x-rays, cancer surgery, cancer chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, and radiotherapy. His formal education and training is in Surgical Oncology AND Medical Oncology. Because the field is so broad, we limit the cancers we take care of.
Cancers we care for include:
Colon and Rectal Cancer
Biliary tract Cancer
Some Head and Neck Cancers