Cancer surgery includes a wide range of techniques to take out all or part of a tumor. Surgery may also remove some healthy tissue as a precaution, as well as lymph nodes.
Surgery is a common part of cancer care, and it may be the only cancer treatment some people need. Other people may need additional therapy, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The goals of cancer surgery can include:
With surgery such an important part of many cancer treatment plans, you want a program you can trust. At Aurora Health Care, you’ll find:
While traditional, open surgery remains a good choice for many people, you also have access to innovative procedures using smaller incisions. During laparoscopic, thoracoscopic and endoscopic cancer surgeries, surgeons reach the tumor through small tubes, then use a camera and tiny tools to complete the procedure. Robotic-assisted surgery takes a similar approach, except that your surgeon controls highly precise mechanical arms.
Aurora surgeons have extensive experience with these minimally invasive techniques, including with the da Vinci Surgical System. Aurora was the state’s first cancer program to use the da Vinci robot, one of the leading tools for this type of surgery.
Smaller incisions can mean: