Lake Charles Surgical Oncology

Tumor-Removal Procedures

Surgical oncology at Lake Charles Memorial involves the surgical removal of tumors and masses in the breast, lung, and colon. 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 and lung.

Intact Breast Biopsy

Intact Breast Lesion Excision System is a minimally invasive excision performed at the time of biopsy on high-risk breast lesions using ultrasound and stereotactic guidance in place of conventional surgery. High-risk breast lesions are labeled as such because they have an elevated chance of becoming cancerous, prompting many patients to opt for their swift removal. The intact biopsy uses local anesthesia and a small incision to completely remove all suspect tissue. Recovery time is quicker with far less physical discomfort.

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 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.


Most surgeries to remove a breast tumor use a “wire localization” procedure where a wire is inserted into the tumor serving as a road map for the breast surgeon to remove the diseased tissue. A new option called Magseed is smaller than a grain of rice and can be placed into a tumor up to 30 days before the patient’s surgery. It produces no discomfort, rarely moves and stays within the breast. During surgery, a magnetic probe detects the Magseed, guiding the surgeon to the tumor. The outcome is a better cosmetic result and more accurate removal of cancerous tissue.

Breast-conserving Lumpectomy

Breast-Conserving Lumpectomy removes the tumor as well as a small, clear (cancer-free) margin of healthy tissue around it while leaving as much normal breast as possible. Some surrounding healthy tissue and lymph nodes may be removed. How much of the breast is removed depends on the size and location of the tumor and other factors. Most of the breast remains. For those with early-stage breast cancer, this may be an option. Follow-up radiation therapy to the remaining breast tissue is generally recommended.

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.