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.
For patients with breast cancer, Dr. Catherine Plzak is the medical director of the St. Mary Breast Center and breast surgeon on staff at St. Mary.
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.
- 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.
Areas of specialty include:
- Skin cancers of head and neck