Most people with cancer will undergo some form of surgery as part of their treatment. Surgery may be used in diagnosing cancer, staging cancer, treating cancer, debulking, relieving cancer symptoms, and even preventing cancer.
Surgical oncologists play a crucial role in your treatment, working with you to determine a personalized evidence-based treatment plan designed to meet your needs. As with our entire team, we stay focused on the main goal – helping you get back to living your life to the fullest.
Our specialty trained board-certified surgical oncologists are part of our comprehensive cancer team. Their training and expertise allows Northside Hospital Cancer Institute to offer the most advanced treatment options for all types of cancer surgeries.
Many cancer treatment paths include meeting with a surgical oncologist and undergoing some form of surgery as part of your treatment. Several types of surgery can help people with cancer. Some surgeries are used along with other types of can cancer treatment.
There are several types of cancer surgeries that may be recommended including:
At Northside Hospital, our surgical oncologists are leaders in performing minimally-invasive robot-assisted surgeries as part of cancer treatment. This highly technical surgery allows surgeons to operate with increased precision and versatility. Patients benefit with minimal scarring, less bleeding, shorter hospital stays and reduced recovery time. Robotic surgery is generally used to treat the following cancers:
Ablation therapy refers to treatments that destroy tumors without removing them, usually with extreme heat or cold. These techniques are used in patients with a few small tumors and when surgery is not a good option (often because of poor health). They are less likely to cure the cancer than surgery, but they can still be very helpful for some people.
Often, ablation can be done without surgery by inserting a needle or probe into the tumor through the skin. The needle or probe is guided into place with ultrasound or CT scanning. Sometimes, though, to be sure the treatment is aimed at the right place, it may be done during surgery.
Northside offers the following ablation techniques:
Embolization therapy is a cancer treatment procedure that injects substances to try to block or reduce the blood flow to cancer cells. This option allows doctors to focus on treating metastatic tumors, while limiting the treatment effects on healthy parts of the body. It is an option for some patients with tumors that cannot be removed by surgery. It can be used for tumors that are too large to be treated with ablation. Embolization can also be used alongside ablation therapy.