Surgical Oncology

Surgical Oncology

Surgical oncology is the branch of surgery which focuses on the surgical management of cancer.

The specialty of surgical oncology has evolved in steps similar to medical oncology, which grew out of hematology, and radiation oncology, which grew out of radiology.The area of expertise is coming to its own by the success of combined treatment with chemotherapy, radiation, and targeted biologic treatments. The proliferation of cancer centers will continue to popularize the field, as will developments in minimally invasive techniques, palliative surgery, and neo-adjuvant treatments.

Specialty Procedures:

A Pancreatectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the end of the pancreas. This procedure is used to treat pancreatic cancer, chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic pseudocysts, and injury. Sometimes the spleen is alsoremoved during this procedure.


The Whipple procedure is surgical procedure to remove a growth on the duodenum, bile duct or head of the pancreas but is also performed for chronic pancreatitis and strictures of the bile or pancreatic duct.
The operation consists of removing the gallbladder, part of the bile duct, the duodenum, the head of the pancreas and sometimes the lower portion of the stomach.

Common procedures:

  • Appendectomy
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Lumpectomy
  • Bowel Resection
  • Colectomy
  • Cystectomy
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastrostomy and Jejunostony Tube Placement
  • Hemicolectomy
  • Inguinal Herniorrhaphy
  • Lymph Node Dissection
  • Mastectomy
  • Melanoma Excision
  • Mass Excision
  • Port-A-Cath Insertion/Removal
  • Thyroidectomy

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