NHS Welcomes Surgical Oncologist to Tahlequah

NHS Welcomes Surgical Oncologist to Tahlequah

Northeastern Health System is pleased to announce the addition of Surgical Oncologist, Samuel Bieligk, M.D. The addition of Bieligk, allows cancer patients in Northeast Oklahoma to receive a full continuum of cancer care, including radiation, chemotherapy and surgical services.

“Surgical oncology is a specialty that helps patients decide how to manage their tumor/cancer problem, including surgery,” said Bieligk. “Radical and minimally invasive procedures are all offered as part of the process.”

Surgical oncology may include the removal of the tumor or surrounding tissue during an operation. Surgery is the oldest type of cancer therapy and remains an effective treatment for many types of cancer today. The goals of surgery vary, however, it is frequently used to diagnose cancer, remove all or some of a cancer or tumor, find out where the cancer is located, and find out if the cancer has spread or is affecting the functions of other organs in the body, to restore the body’s appearance or function, and to relieve side effects.

“There are many patients with malignancy or suspected malignancy in the region that includes northeast Oklahoma, NW Arkansas, SW Missouri, and Southeast Kansas, that would benefit from a multidisciplinary team to determine how to diagnose, stage and manage their complex tumor/cancer problems,” said Bieligk. “In collaboration with Gastroenterology, Medical Oncology, Dermatology, General Surgery, Radiation Oncology and Radiology, a coordinated cancer program can be developed.”

Patients with cancer have a chance to live long, productive lives, if given the chance. The comprehensive cancer program offered through Northeast Oklahoma Cancer Center, an NHS subsidiary, will give patients that necessary chance.

Bieligk joined the NHS team for the opportunity to work with a team of high-quality physicians, and to expand oncology services to patients in the community.

“This region would benefit greatly from a comprehensive cancer program,” said Bieligk. “I am excited to come on board and help with that process.”

Bieligk and his wife of 15 years, Karen, have 4 children, ages 29, 22, 15 and 11. When not spending time with his family, Bieligk enjoys golf and decoy carving.

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