Our Comprehensive Cancer Services program offers the latest in technology for all aspects of cancer treatment. Wide arrays of surgical procedures are offered, including minimally invasive surgery.
Surgical therapy is the most frequently used and most successful cancer therapy available today. In fact, more patients are cured of cancer by surgery than any other single therapeutic method; however, it can be curative only for patients with localized tumors. Surgery for cancer can be used to prevent, diagnose, treat, ease symptoms or improve function for individuals living with cancer.
Depending on the type of cancer you have, you are seen by one of the specially trained oncology surgeons such as the surgical oncologist, thoracic surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, colorectal surgeon, gynecologic oncologist, urologist or neurosurgeon. Surgery patients receive outstanding services, in a comfortable, private and caring environment.
Breast Surgery and Breast Reconstructive Surgery
There are several types of surgery that remove cancerous tissue from the breast. Depending on the diagnosis, the surgeon may recommend a lumpectomy (partial mastectomy), mastectomy, axillary node dissection and/or lymph node removal. Patients may also choose to have reconstructive surgery at the same time. We also offer oncoplastic surgery as an option for reconstructive breast surgery.
da Vinci® Surgical System
da Vinci® robotic surgery is a more specialized form of minimally invasive surgery in which the surgeon uses a robot to assist with laparoscopic surgery.
The robot offers technical advantages in certain situations, which may improve success rates for surgeries performed in a minimally invasive fashion. Benefits can include shorter recovery time, less pain and a quicker return to normally daily activities.
Known as minimally invasive surgery, this surgical method uses three to four small incisions versus one large incision in an open surgical procedure. Surgeons use a lighted scope and thin instruments inserted into the incisions to perform the operation. Benefits include less scarring, shorter recovery time, and less pain.
Minimally Invasive and Robotic Thoracic Surgery
Thoracoscopic and robotic (da Vinci®) techniques are used to diagnose and treat many lung conditions with comparable results to conventional thoracic surgery. Thoracoscopy refers to the insertion of a narrow tube or endoscope through three small key-hole incisions. The thorascope is equipped with a specialized camera and allows doctors to insert specialized surgical equipment to perform advanced surgical procedures. Less invasive thoracoscopic surgery offers a shorter recovery time, with decreased pain and improved outcomes.
Peritoneal Carcinomatosis Program
The Peritoneal Carcinomatosis Program uses intraoperative hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC).
Performed in the operating room under general anesthesia, HIPEC involves surgical removal of the tumor and all disease visible to the human eye (cytoreduction), as well as delivery of chemotherapy inside the abdomen at the time of surgery (intraperitoneal chemotherapy). Tumors of the appendix and recurrent or locally advanced colon cancers are some of the tumors that may benefit from HIPEC. There are strict criteria for inclusion in the program to minimize complications and optimize the outcomes. Delivering chemotherapy intraperitoneally is the key benefit for the procedure.
Soft Tissue and Brachytherapy Program
This program involves perioperative brachytherapy for soft tissue sarcoma to prevent its recurrence after surgical resection. After removing the tumor, the surgeon places brachytherapy catheters along the prior tumor location. These catheters are used in the immediate postoperative period to deliver radioactive seeds, which will sterilize the tumor bed from eventual invisible disease left behind after surgery. When used in combination with surgery, radiation therapy may reduce the chance of recurrence
Cancer surgery refers to the surgical removal of any tissue that contains cancerous cells to prevent the spread and growth of the cancer, and it may include everything from a relatively simple outpatient procedure, such as the removal of a cancerous mole, to more complex procedures that are individually tailored to the needs of each patient. Surgeons who perform cancer surgery continue to develop new surgical techniques that are less invasive, cause less pain and have decreased recovery time. Leading approaches to surgical cancer care can involve the use of newer anesthetic agents, laser technology, endoscopes and laparoscopic approaches.
For more complex cancer conditions, surgery is typically accompanied by medical and/or radiation oncology treatments. Post-surgery care is also very specific to each individual's treatment needs and cannot be generalized.