Surgical oncology is the surgical removal of tumors. Surgery is one approach
to cancer treatment. Other treatment methods include chemotherapy medications,
which may be applied orally or using injections, as well as radiation
therapy, which utilizes focused beams of radiation to destroy cancer growths.
Surgery is used to diagnose, stage and treat cancer, and certain cancer-related
symptoms. At Lake Charles Memorial, our experienced surgeons have performed
thousands of procedures and will discuss the surgical options that are
best suited to your individual needs.
Whether a patient is a candidate for surgery depends on factors such as
the type, size, location, grade and stage of the tumor, as well as general
health factors such as age, physical fitness and other medical comorbidities.
For many patients, surgery will be combined with other cancer treatments
such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy or hormone therapy. These may
be administered before surgery (neoadjuvant) or after surgery (adjuvant)
to help prevent cancer growth, spread or recurrence.
Early in the treatment planning process, we plan for and proactively manage
any side effects from surgery. Our navigator, nutritionists, rehabilitation
therapists and clinicians work together with your surgical oncologist
to support your healing and quality of life. Our reconstructive surgeons
perform procedures to restore the body's appearance and function,
often at the time of surgery or following surgery.