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Safe & Effective Surgery in Orlando is Closer Than You Think

At the Florida Hospital Cancer Insitute (FHCI), we employ a highly-trained, award-winning team of cancer surgeons and thoracic cancer specialists to help patients prevent, diagnose and treat many types of cancer, including lung cancer and esophageal cancer. When traditional surgery is recommended, patients will be provided a multidisciplinary approach to care, from start to finish. This begins with a comprehensive explanation of the type of surgery recommended as well as how to prepare and what a patient should expect. Seeking treatment or wanting to learn more about surgery in Orlando? Contact us now to schedule an appointment with Florida Hospital Cancer Institute.

Four types of surgery can be employed to remove cancerous regions. Specialists at the FHCI will go over their recommendations with you before surgery is performed.

  • Wedge resection: Surgery is performed to remove the tumor and some of the surrounding normal tissue. When a slightly larger amount of tissue needs to be removed, it is known as a segmental resection.
  • Lobectomy: This procedure removes a whole section (lobe) of the lung.
  • Pneumonectomy: Performed to remove one whole lung.
  • Sleeve resection: Surgery to remove part of the bronchus, one of the two large tubes that connect the lungs to the trachea.

Traditional Surgery for Esophageal Cancer 

For esophageal cancer, surgery is the most common treatment used. During an esophagectomy, one of our highly skilled surgeons will remove part of the esophagus affected by the cancer, whether it's the lower or upper regions. The healthy part of the esophagus is then reattached to the stomach so the patient can still swallow. If necessary, a plastic tube or a portion of the intestine is inserted to complete the connection. During the procedure, lymph nodes near the esophagus may also be removed to see if they contain cancerous cells. If the esophagus is partially blocked by the tumor, an expandable metal tube called a stent may be inserted into the esophagus to keep it open. Seeking treatment or wanting to learn more about our surgery options in Orlando? Contact us now to schedule an appointment with Florida Hospital Cancer Institute.

The surgical team at the FHCI will review options with you before proceeding. If surgery is necessary, the following procedures may be utilized:

  • Wide local excision: This is a general procedure where the cancer and some of the healthy tissue surrounding it is removed.
  • Pleurectomy and decortication: Part of the lining covering the chest and lungs are removed along with the outer surface of the lungs.
  • Extrapleural pneumonectomy: One whole lung is removed along with part of the lining of the chest, the diaphragm and the lining of the sac around the heart.
  • Pleurodesis: During the procedure, fluid is drained from the space between the layers of the pleura using a catheter or chest tube. A chemical or drug is added into the space to create scarring, which stops the build-up of fluid in the pleural cavity.

Even if all the cancer that can be identified is removed during surgery, you may also need to have chemotherapy or radiation therapy after surgery to kill any cancerous cells that remain.

Seeking treatment or wanting to learn more about surgery in Orlando? Contact us now to schedule an appointment with Florida Hospital Cancer Institute.

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