In the surgical oncology department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Atlanta, we use standard-of-care and advanced tools and procedures to diagnose, stage and treat cancers. Surgical oncology is a form of cancer treatment that stages cancer or removes tumors to keep them from growing and dividing. Surgical oncologists at our Atlanta hospital perform biopsies, resections, reconstructive surgeries, palliative surgeries, as well as other procedures.
Often, one of the first surgical procedures a patient with cancer will undergo is a biopsy to learn more about the tumor. Biopsies may provide a more definitive diagnosis than other diagnostic tests for cancer. A biopsy may help determine whether the cancer began at the site of the biopsy sample, or whether it started somewhere else in the body and spread to the site of the biopsy sample. Some sites that are commonly biopsied include the breast, skin, bone marrow, GI tract, lung, liver, bladder, colon and lymph nodes. The surgical oncologists at CTCA®, located in Atlanta, determine an appropriate method of biopsy based on several factors, such as the size, shape, location and characteristics of the abnormality.
Advanced imaging techniques and technology are also used by our surgical oncologists at the Newnan, Georgia-based facility, to closely track the tumor. Based on your individual needs, our surgical oncologists will work closely with you to recommend surgery designed for you and your specific cancer. The type of surgery recommended by your surgical oncologist may depend on many factors, including the type of cancer, size of tumor, location of the tumor in the body and past medical history.