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World Journal of Surgical Oncology: One year of Open Access publishing

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Abstract ral World Journal of Surgical Oncology ss BioMed Cent Open AcceEditorial World Journal of Surgical Oncology: One year of Open Access publishing Manoj Pandey*1, Steven D Heys2 and Albert B Lowenfels3 Address: 1Department of Surgical Oncology, Regional Cancer Centre, Medical College PO, Trivandrum, Kerala, India, 2Surgical Oncology, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK and 3Department of Surgery, New York Medical College, Munger Pavilion, Valhalla, New York, USA Email: Manoj Pandey* - [email protected]; Steven D Heys - [email protected]; Albert B Lowenfels - [email protected] * Corresponding author 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, reha- bilitation, and education. Because of the rapid growth of Oncology, many new specialties have developed, includ- ing '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. Over the past several decades the field of Surgical Oncol- ogy has become much more defined, resulting in impor- tant contributions to the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of cancers. Of more than 100,000 current Medline references to 'oncology', more than 15% contain the additional reference term 'surgery'. But still there is a dichotomy in surgical oncology. There has been an almost exponential rate of change in what has been regarded as the "developed" world, which has not been reflected in the changes occurring in the developing countries. Clearly, there are issues of financial resource, availability of staff, structured and co

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