World Journal of Surgical Oncology: One year of Open Access publishing
1 Department of Surgical Oncology, Regional Cancer Centre, Medical College PO, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
2 Surgical Oncology, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
3 Department of Surgery, New York Medical College, Munger Pavilion, Valhalla, New York, USA
World Journal of Surgical Oncology 2004, 2:14 doi:10.1186/1477-7819-2-14Published: 12 May 2004
First paragraph (this article has no abstract)
In many parts of the world cancer is the second leading cause of death, with substantial amounts of health care resources allocated for cancer research, patient care, rehabilitation, and education. Because of the rapid growth of Oncology, many new specialties have developed, including 'Surgical Oncology,' which includes not only surgeons but other health professionals whose interests cover areas such as genetics, pathology, nursing, medical imaging, psychiatry and rehabilitation. As we embark on the 21st century, the surgical treatment of the common "solid" cancers still offers the only hope of cure for patients with many of the most commonly occurring cancers in the world today.