Cancer Surgery Can Be Your Best Option – From Accurate Diagnosis to Successful Treatment
Surgery. The word itself can make anyone feel uneasy. Yet for cancer therapy, it remains the most effective method for diagnosing and treating many types of cancers. And because surgery is the oldest treatment for cancer, it has perhaps benefitted the most from being practiced and advanced.
There are a variety of cancer surgery types. The surgery performed depends on where the cancer is located, its stage, the amount of tissue to be removed and other factors. Based on your individual case, one of the following procedures may be recommended:
- Preventive – Performed to remove precancerous or other at-risk tissue before it develops into cancer.
- Diagnostic– Commonly known as a biopsy, a doctor surgically removes suspicious cells, which are then examined to determine whether or not they are cancerous. This is often the only way to diagnose cancer.
- Staging – Performed to assess how much cancer is present, and how far it has spread. During staging surgery, the area around the cancer, including lymph nodes and nearby organs, are examined. The results are vital to guiding your treatment plan
- Curative– If cancer hasn’t spread to other parts of the body, it’s possible to remove all malignant cells, effectively curing you of cancer. Curative surgery is often performed in combination with chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
- Debulking– When removing all your cancer would cause irreparable damage to nearby tissue, surgeons can remove part of the tumor. The remaining cancer cells are then treated with radiation or chemotherapy.
- Palliative– When cancer has advanced beyond all options to treat or cure, surgery can be helpful in relieving pain or other symptoms.
- Supportive– Makes performing other cancer treatments more convenient for the surgeon and more comfortable for you. For example, a device can be inserted under the skin that gives your oncologist easy access to your bloodstream instead of piercing your skin on a regular basis.
- Restorative– Cancer surgery can alter physical appearance and even physical function. Reconstructive procedures can successfully restore, and even improve, both.
Through the strength and scope of the RCCA oncology physician network, we partner with some of the most trusted, experienced and highly capable surgeons in the three states we serve. We will connect you with a local, top-rated surgeon who share our dedication for meticulous coordination of care.