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Welcome to Advocare General & Oncologic Surgery


For over ten years Dr. Gross and his staff have offered Northwest New Jersey residents the best in compassionate and competent surgical care. We strive to offer an environment in which all questions and needs are satisfied. Dr. Gross performs a very broad array of surgeries and treats a large number of maladies. One very basic premise is part of our care and will never be compromised: If we treat you, it is because we are confident you will find no better care. A good surgeon needs to know his own limits and must treat each patient as if they were a family member.

What is a general surgeon?

One who practices the specialty of General Surgery. This specialty begins with abdominal surgeries. It most commonly includes gallbladder, bowel (small and large intestine), hernias, appendices, hemorrhoids/anal pathology, as well as disorders of the spleen/liver/pancreas. It also includes expertise in all aspects of laparoscopic surgery. Outside of the abdominal cavity, it includes any diseases of the breast, “lumps and bumps” most anywhere on the body, lacerations, trauma, and skin cancer or benign lesions. Wound care also falls commonly to the general surgeon. Also commonly included are diseases of the thyroid/parathyroid.

What is a surgical oncologist?

A general surgeon who has ideally completed a two-year fellowship following a general surgery residency in an SSO (Society of Surgical Oncology) approved fellowship program. This allows the surgeon to take care of the entire needs of a cancer patient. In learning the most advanced treatments for cancers of the GI tract, breast, skin and thyroid, there is no better trained surgeon. They are truly a “breast specialist.” They do as well, if not better, than any dermatologist in treating skin cancers. Lastly, they take what all general surgeons do within the abdominal cavity and take it to a higher level.

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Recently, physicians in New Jersey were asked who they would send a loved one to for surgery. Eric L. Gross, MD, was chosen as a top surgeon in the state of New Jersey.  If physicians in New Jersey trust Dr. Gross, you can too! 
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Healthy Tips


Can skin cancer be prevented?


There is no sure way to prevent melanoma. Some risk factors such as your age, gender, race, and family history can’t be controlled. But there are things you can do that could lower your risk of getting melanoma and other skin cancers.

Limit your exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays

Seek shade

Simply staying in the shade is one of the best ways to limit your UV exposure.

“Slip! Slop! Slap!®… and Wrap”

If you are going to be in the sun, this catchphrase can help you remember some of the key steps you can take to protect yourself from UV rays:

  • Slip on a shirt.
  • Slop on sunscreen.
  • Slap on a hat.
  • Wrap on sunglasses to protect the eyes and sensitive skin around them.

Avoid using tanning beds and sunlamps

Many people believe the UV rays of tanning beds are harmless. This is not true. Tanning lamps give out UV rays, which can cause long-term skin damage and can contribute to skin cancer. Tanning bed use has been linked with an increased risk of melanoma, especially if it is started before a person is 30. Most dermatologists (skin doctors) and health organizations recommend not using tanning beds and sun lamps.

Protect children from the sun

Children need special attention, since they tend to spend more time outdoors and can burn more easily. Parents and other caregivers should protect children from excess sun exposure by using the steps above. Children need to be taught about the dangers of too much sun exposure as they become more independent.

To learn more about sun safety

For more on how to protect yourself and your family from UV exposure, see Skin Cancer: Prevention and Early Detection.

Watch for abnormal moles

Checking your skin regularly may help you spot any new or abnormal moles or other growths and show them to your doctor before they even have a chance to turn into skin cancer.

Certain types of moles are more likely to develop into melanoma. If you have moles, depending on how they look, your doctor may want to watch them closely with regular exams or may remove some of them if they have features that suggest they might change into a melanoma.

Routine removal of many moles is not usually recommended as a way to prevent melanoma. Some melanomas develop from moles, but most do not. If you have many moles, getting careful, routine exams by a dermatologist, along with doing monthly skin self-exams are, might be recommended.

If you find a new, unusual, or changing mole, you should have it checked by a doctor experienced in recognizing skin cancers. See Signs and symptoms of melanoma skin cancer for descriptions of what to look for.

Avoid weakening your immune system (when possible)

Having a weakened immune system increases your risk of getting melanoma and other types of skin cancer.

Infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can weaken the immune system. Avoiding known risk factors for HIV infection, such as intravenous (IV) drug use and having unprotected sex with many partners, might lower your risk of skin cancer and many other types of cancer.

Some people need to take medicines to suppress their immune system. This includes people who have had organ transplants and some people with autoimmune diseases. People with cancer also sometimes need to take medicines such as chemotherapy that can lower their immune function. For these people, the benefit from taking these medicines will likely far outweigh the small increased risk of getting skin cancer.