Surgery for cancer is local treatment done to remove the tumor. Tissues around the tumor and nearby lymph nodes may also be removed during the operation. Patients who need surgery for cancer can count on the expertise and care of the St. Mary surgical oncology staff.
After surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy may be used depending on if the cancer has spread to other areas (metastasis) or as a preventive measure to prevent its reoccurance.
Some common surgical procedures include:
- Lumpectomy – surgery to remove the tumor and a small amount of normal tissue surrounding it.
- Lobectomy – is the surgical removal of a lobe of an organ.
- Mastectomy – surgery to remove breast tumor and affected tissue
- Prostatectomy – surgery to remove the prostate and affected tissue
- Resection – surgical removal of part of an organ , most commonly involving a bowel, liver or lung.
- VATS – Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery
Areas of specialty include:
- Urologic – prostate, kidney, bladder, and testicular
- Skin cancers of head and neck