The Department of Surgical Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) provides a variety of advanced surgical procedures for the treatment of cancer and cancer-related symptoms.
Since many of our patients come to us with complex and advanced stage cancers, the surgical oncology team is experienced in providing advanced surgical procedures for all types and stages of disease.
Your surgical team
Our surgical oncology team includes surgical oncologists, nurses, surgical technicians, anesthesiologists and other cancer professionals with diverse expertise in treating all types and stages of cancer. 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.
- Prior to surgery, we will explain what you can expect, answer your questions and help you feel comfortable with an upcoming procedure.
- During surgery, our pathologists can evaluate tissue samples as they are removed and provide pathology results immediately. This helps ensure that your surgical oncology team is able to remove as much cancerous tissue as possible during surgery, reducing the likelihood that you will have to undergo multiple surgeries.
- After surgery, your care team will work with you to help prevent and manage any side effects. You may also have reconstructive surgery to restore appearance or function.
Innovations in surgery
Our experienced surgeons have performed thousands of procedures and will discuss the surgical options that are best suited to your individual needs. We provide minimally invasive surgical procedures, which help reduce side effects and shorten recovery.
Whether a patient is a candidate for surgery depends on factors such as the location, size, type, grade and stage of the tumor, as well as age, general health and other factors. 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).
For some patients, surgery may be combined with other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy or hormone therapy, administered before or after surgery to stop cancer growth, spread or recurrence.
Early in the treatment planning process, we plan for and proactively manage side effects from surgery. Our nutritionists, rehabilitation therapists and naturopathic clinicians work together with your surgical oncologist to support your healing and quality of life. Our reconstructive surgeons perform procedures to restore the body's appearance and function, often at the time of surgery or following surgery.
Explore surgical procedures
The surgical team at Southwestern
The Department of Surgical Oncology at CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center (Southwestern) consists of surgical oncologists, as well as anesthesiologists, surgical technicians, physician’s assistants, and wound care-certified registered nurses.
Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy
For some patients who have advanced surface spread of cancer within the abdomen, our physicians can provide hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) following surgery. In this procedure, we deliver a heated, sterilized chemotherapy solution to the abdomen to penetrate and destroy cancer cells that remain in the abdomen.
At Southwestern, we can treat neurological cancers with advanced surgical procedures through our in-house Neurosurgery Services Program. Neurosurgeon Dr. Clinton Baird uses innovative surgical techniques, like intraoperative electrophysiology “brain mapping” and intraoperative neuronavigation, which help to enhance the safety of treatment.
Head and neck surgery
Our otolaryngologist Dr. Bradley Mons specializes in advanced surgical procedures for head and neck cancers, including laryngectomies, neck dissections, thyroidectomies/ parathyroidectomies, parotidectomies, sinonasal tumor excisions, endoscopic sinus surgery and other ENT and head/neck surgeries.
Our plastic/reconstructive surgeons, led by Dr. Arch Miller, specialize in reconstruction techniques during or following surgery to help improve appearance, reduce scarring/disfigurement, or rebuild/replace removed or injured body parts.
During breast reconstruction, our breast cancer surgeons use the SPY Elite® Intraoperative Perfusion Assessment System to capture images which help evaluate the blood flow in vessels and circulation in tissue. For example, this imaging technology helps our doctors evaluate whether there is sufficient blood flow to the involved tissue when performing flap reconstructions.
Improving quality of life during and after surgery
While removing malignant tumors is the primary objective, the surgical oncology team at Southwestern also understands the importance of quality of life. Through various procedures, your surgical oncologists strives to help you relieve pain (e.g., palliative surgery), maintain dignity (e.g., reconstructive surgery), and preserve normal function (e.g., limb-sparing surgery).
Throughout your treatment, you will also receive integrative oncology services, such as nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, pain management, oncology rehabilitation, mind-body medicine and spiritual counseling. These therapies can help reduce cancer-related fatigue, functional impairments, and other side effects so you can maintain your quality of life during treatment.