The goal of your treatment team at FHCI is complete removal of the cancer without damage to the rest of the body. Sometimes this can is accomplished with surgery. Surgery is the oldest form of cancer treatment, and doctors choose it as a treatment method for about 60 percent of cancer patients, either by itself or in combination with other therapies.

There are seven types of cancer surgery:

  • Curative surgery simply involves removal of a cancerous tumor. It works best on localized cancers that haven't yet spread to other parts of the body.
  • Preventive surgery is used to keep cancer from occurring, for instance removing precancerous polyps before they become malignant.
  • Diagnostic surgery (biopsy): In this procedure, the surgeon removes some or all of a tumor for examination to determine if the growth is cancerous.
  • Staging surgery is used to determine the extent of a cancer. This procedure can sometimes be done without an incision by using tiny cameras (scopes) attached to a flexible tube, which are inserted into natural body openings.
  • Supportive surgery is used to help with other cancer treatments.
  • Reconstructive surgery returns the body to normal or near-normal appearance or function following cancer treatment. The most common restorative surgery is reconstruction of a breast after a mastectomy.
  • Palliative surgery is only used to ease pain, disability or other complications that come with advanced cancer. Palliative surgery may improve quality of life, but is not a cure or anti-cancer treatment

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