Surgical Oncology

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.