Many patients with cancer may need surgery at some point in the course of their treatment. Surgical oncology is a cancer care field that focuses on using surgery to diagnose, stage and treat cancer, and to manage certain cancer-related symptoms. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, our surgical oncologists use advanced tools and techniques along with standard-of-care protocols for surgical procedures. These procedures are delivered by a team of skilled surgical oncologists at Southwestern, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in convenient proximity to such states as Texas, Kansas and Missouri.
The surgical oncologists at Southwestern offer patients surgical recommendations based on a thorough review of medical history and imagining reports, along with other considerations. When possible, our surgical oncologists may offer minimally invasive options, such as laparoscopic surgery, which involves smaller incisions than traditional open surgery. Our surgeons use laparoscopic surgery to treat a number of cancers, including bladder, colorectal and gastrointestinal. The advantages of laparoscopic surgery over open surgery may include a shorter recovery time, less pain or less scarring.
Surgery may be used alone, or in combination with other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. At CTCA® in Tulsa, our surgical oncologists work not only with medical oncologists to help treat the disease itself, but they also coordinate with nutrition therapists, pain management physicians, naturopathic providers and other supportive-care clinicians in delivering whole-patient care. The extended care team shares a commitment to delivering high-quality care in a compassionate manner to our patients.