Surgical Oncology

Surgical oncology at Lake Charles Memorial involves the surgical removal of tumors and masses. 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.

We also have state-of-the-art techniques to biopsy, analyze and remove any masses detected in the breast.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy: This surgery is used to assess breast abnormalities, as well as execute sentinel node biopsies. These biopsies use cutting-edge, pinpoint accuracy to remove samples of abnormalities in breast tissue. They are used for both breast diagnostics and treatment.

Sentinel Node Biopsy: This surgery evaluates nearby lymph nodes for cancer cells by injecting a dye and/or a radioactive tracer into the area of the cancer which travels to the lymph nodes, arriving at the sentinel nodes first. The surgeon removes the sentinel lymph nodes (usually about one to three nodes) The pathologist examines them for cancer cells. If the sentinel lymph nodes are cancer-free, there is a good possibility that the remaining lymph nodes will also be free of cancer and no further surgery will be needed. If the sentinel lymph nodes show evidence of cancer, then the surgeon may perform an axillary lymph node dissection.

Breast-conserving Lumpectomy: This breast conservation surgery removes the tumor as well as a small, clear (cancer-free) margin of healthy tissue around it. Most of the breast remains. For invasive cancer, follow-up radiation therapy to the remaining breast tissue is generally recommended. A lumpectomy may also be called a partial mastectomy.

Minimally-invasive Lung Surgery: Today, with better technology, thoracic surgeons often can use minimally invasive techniques.If you have early-stage lung cancer you may want to talk to your doctor about minimally invasive thoracic surgery. During minimally invasive thoracic surgery, a thin tube with a camera gives the surgeon a view into the chest without having to make a large incision or spread the ribs. He or she inserts specialized tools through other small incisions to perform the operation.

With other cancers, 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 co-morbidities. For many patients, surgery will be combined with other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy or hormone therapy.

Early in the treatment planning process, we plan for and proactively manage any side effects from surgery. Our cancer navigator, nutritionists, rehabilitation therapists and clinicians work together with your surgical oncologist to support your healing and quality of life.

1701 Oak Park Blvd., Lake Charles, LA 70601