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Surgical Oncology Subspecialities

The Surgery Department is a multi-specialty clinic, consisting of providers specialized in General Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic Surgery and Pediatric Surgery. The department also includes outpatient minor procedure rooms, which are used for surgical procedures under the local anesthesia. Our surgeons diagnose and treat a wide variety of cancers, with the extensive implementation of minimally invasive endoscopic and laparoscopic techniques.

DIAGNOSIS

In order to diagnose many types of cancer, a small sample of tissue, called a biopsy, must be looked at under a microscope. A surgery of some type is frequently needed to obtain this small sample. This may require a quick office procedure performed using a surface-numbing medication, or local anesthesia, or a larger surgery requiring the patient to be completely asleep, or under a general anesthesia.

TREATMENT

Many early stage cancers can be cured by surgery alone, or surgery in addition to other treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, or hormonal therapy. Some cancers, such as rectal cancer, esophageal cancer and some breast cancers are treated with chemotherapy and radiation first, called neoadjuvant treatment, followed by surgery. Surgery frequently helps to determine the actual spread of the cancer and assign it a “stage”.

The Surgery Department offers state-of-the-art care, including the use of small incisions and advanced cameras, also called minimally invasive surgery or laparoscopy, for diagnosis and treatment. For instance, colon cancer surgery is performed laparoscopically now in the majority of cases, allowing people to recover faster and with less pain. Many lung and esophageal cancers are removed using thoracoscopic assistance.

Surgical Subspecialities