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Surgical oncology uses surgical methods to diagnose, stage, and treat cancer, and to relieve certain cancer-related symptoms. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), we perform advanced surgical procedures for all types and stages of disease.
The goal of surgery may be to remove the tumor (e.g., excisions, resections, debulking surgery), reconstruct a part of the body (e.g., restorative surgery), and/or to relieve symptoms such as pain (e.g., palliative surgery).
Why We're Different
We work closely with you to find surgical options best suited to your individual needs and preferences, so you can feel confident in your treatment decisions:
- Before you begin treatment, we may perform a biopsy to accurately diagnose and stage the disease. If surgery is part of your treatment plan, we’ll explain what you can expect, answer your questions, and help you feel comfortable with the upcoming procedure.
- During treatment, we may use surgery to remove a tumor and/or to relieve symptoms. Sometimes, our pathologists can evaluate tissue samples as they are removed and provide results immediately. This helps to ensure that we remove as much cancerous tissue as possible during a procedure, reducing the likelihood of multiple surgeries.
- After treatment, we’ll help you manage any side effects, such as lymphedema. Depending on the type of procedure you had, you may decide to have restorative or reconstructive surgery to repair or restore a body part. An image enhancement specialist is also available to help you find ways to look and feel your best.
The type of surgery you receive depends on factors such as the location, size, type, grade, and stage of the tumor, as well as your age, general health, and other factors. We often provide other cancer therapies (e.g., chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy) before or after surgery to stop cancer growth, spread or recurrence.
How We Support You
While removing malignant tumors is a primary objective, we also understand the importance of quality of life. Surgery can also help you relieve pain, maintain dignity, and preserve normal function.
For example, we can insert tunneled catheters to help control pleural effusion so you can feel more comfortable and maintain your nutritional status.
We also perform port placement procedures so you can get fluids, blood drawn, and chemotherapy treatments without multiple needle pricks. In addition, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomies (a PEG tube) can help improve your nutritional status.
Throughout your treatment, other therapies help reduce side effects, promote independence, and relieve stress so you can enjoy a better quality of life. Some of these therapies include: nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, pain management, oncology rehabilitation, mind-body medicine, and spiritual counseling.
- Autofluorescence Bronchoscopy / Fluorescence Bronchoscopy
- Autologous Fat Grafting (Breast Reconstruction)
- Brain Surgery (also see Neurosurgery)
- Breast Biopsy (see MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy)
- Breast Conservation (see Breast Reconstruction)
- Breast Reconstruction
- Breast Surgery
- Cavitron Ultrasonic Surgical Aspiration / Sonipet
- Celiac Plexus Neurolysis (CPN) / Celiac Plexus Block
- Colorectal Surgeries
- Cystoscopy Surgical Procedures
- Cytoreductive Surgery
- Da Vinci® Surgical System
- Debulking (Cytoreductive) Surgery
- Diagnostic / Staging Surgery
- Endocrine Surgery
- ERBEJET™ 2
- Excisions / Resections
- Fat Grafting (Breast Reconstruction)
- Fiducial Marker Placement
- Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- Fluorescence Bronchoscopy
- Gastrointestinal (GI) Procedures (esophagus, stomach, small and large bowel, rectum/anus)
- GelPOINT Advanced Access Platform
- Gynecologic Procedures
- Head and Neck Surgery
- Hematologic Surgery
- Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)
- Interventional Pulmonology
- Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy (LRN)
- Laparoscopic Surgery
- Lymph Node Biopsy
- Melanoma Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Multiple Lymph Node Biopsy
- Nephrectomy (Partial or Radical)
- Ocular Surgery
- Oncoplastic and Breast Reconstructive Surgery
- Orthopedic Oncology Procedures
- Palliative Surgery
- Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Placement
- Prostate Surgery
- Protectomy (Rectum Resection)
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
- Reconstructive Surgery
- Rectum Resection (Protectomy)
- Robotic Surgery (see da Vinci® Surgical System)
- Sarcoma Surgery (Soft Tissue)
- Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
- Single Balloon Enteroscopy
- Splenic Surgery / Spleenectomy
- Stent Placement / Removal
- Thyroid Resection
- Urological Surgery
- Vascular Access Devices
- Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)