• Surgical Oncology

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    Most types of cancers require the involvement of a surgeon for the diagnosis and/or treatment of the disease. The Division of Surgical Oncology at the Bassett Cancer Institute is staffed by surgeons who are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of malignancies. Specialists are available in the areas of breast, thoracic, gastrointestinal, urologic, neurologic and head and neck surgery. These physicians have expertise in:

    • Breast cancer surgery, including sentinel node biopsy
    • Thoracic surgery, including thoracoscopy
    • Urology, including DaVinci Radical Prostatectomy
    • Gastrointestinal surgery, including laparoscopic surgery
    • Otolaryngology surgery (ear, nose and throat)
    • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    • General Surgery, including diagnosis, treatment and placement of implantable devices

    Close collaboration with other medical specialties and with radiologists allow many patients to be diagnosed in the outpatient setting either under local anesthetic or through ambulatory surgery. This minimizes operative risk and allows accurate evaluation of the extent of disease prior to definitive surgery or referral to other modalities of treatment, if required.

    The use of computerized tomography (CT) scanning, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Positron Emission Tomagraphy (PET), ultrasound, conventional x-rays and nuclear medicine scanning techniques assist the surgeon in evaluating and providing the optimal treatment for the cancer patient.

    The Department of Pathology utilizes the most modern methods of tissue analysis and staining to accurately diagnose and describe the wide range of malignant tumors we call cancer. In addition, there is access to a wide variety of tests for both tumors and blood which provide the physician with information about such things as the extent of the cancer, how likely it is to respond to treatment, and how well it has responded once treatment is started.

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