Surgery for Cancer

Surgery is a common treatment for localized cancer (cancer that has not spread to the rest of the body). It is most often used in the early stages of cancer. The goal of surgery is to remove the cancer cells and surrounding tissues before they spread to other parts of the body.

Although surgery is used to treat localized cancers, it can also be used to stage cancer, prevent, diagnose and support cancer treatment.

Having surgery for cancer is different for everyone and depends on the type of cancer, stage the cancer is in, and other factors including the health of the cancer patient.

Types of Cancer Surgery

  • Curative surgery: surgery to remove a cancer tumor or cells from the body. This is used for localized cancers.
  • Preventative surgery: surgery to remove tissue that could develop cancer cells. This is a preventative procedure to reduce the risk of developing cancer.
  • Diagnostic surgery: surgery that helps determines if cancer is present or if cells are cancerous. This type of surgery helps confirm cancer diagnosis, identify type of cancer and stage of cancer.
  • Staging surgery: surgery to determine how far the cancer has spread in the body
  • Debulking surgery: surgery to remove a portion of the cancer tumor or cells because removal of entire tumor may cause damage to an organ.
  • Supportive surgery: surgery to help support other cancer treatments
  • Restorative surgery: surgery to change or restore a patient’s appearance or the function of a body part.

For more information on cancer treatment or to schedule an appointment, contact Christian Hospital at 314.747.9355 or toll-free at 877.747.9355 or email us.