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. Our skilled surgeons and surgical oncology teams at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), have years of experience in performing surgical procedures for numerous types of cancer. We have the expertise and capabilities to treat cancer, including advanced tumors. We also may perform palliative surgeries to control pain and increase your comfort level. Whether you are a candidate for surgery depends on factors such as the type, size, location, grade and stage of the tumor, as well as general health factors such as age, physical fitness and any coexisting medical conditions you may have.
At CTCA®, our experienced surgical oncologists have performed thousands of procedures. They will discuss the surgical options available to you and recommend a treatment plan designed to meet your individual needs. For many patients, surgery may be combined with other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy or hormone therapy. Nonsurgical treatments may be administered before surgery (known as neoadjuvant therapy) or after surgery (known as adjuvant therapy) to help prevent cancer growth, metastasis or recurrence. Our reconstructive surgeons perform various procedures designed to restore the body's appearance and function when possible, either at the time of or following surgery.
The various members of the multi-disciplinary care team at CTCA take the time to talk with each patient in detail about his or her diagnosis and treatment options, and answer any questions. At the beginning of the treatment planning process, we work to anticipate and manage side effects from surgery. Our nutritionists, rehabilitation therapists and naturopathic clinicians will work together with your surgical oncologist to reduce side effects and improve quality of life.