Surgical options available from UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center physicians:
- Staging: Determines the extent of tumor dissemination, and includes determining the size of the tumor, whether it has spread and where it may have spread. Staging helps your doctor decide which kind of treatment is best. It assists them in predicting your outcome.
- Tumor removal: Also called curative or primary surgery. It involves removing the tumor and some of the tissue surrounding the tumor.
- Debulking: Used when complete removal of a tumor is not possible or might cause excessive damage to the body. Commonly known treatments such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy may be used to shrink any remaining cancer.
- Palliation: Relieves side effects caused by a tumor. It assists in improving the quality of life for patients with advanced cancer or widespread disease.
- Reconstruction: After primary surgery, reconstructive surgery could be an option to restore the body’s appearance or function. Common reconstructive surgeries include breast reconstruction after a mastectomy and appearance restoration for patients who have had surgery in the head and neck area.
Surgeons from the UT Health Cancer Center also specialize in minimally invasive surgeries, including laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, laser surgery, cryosurgery, Mohs micrographic surgery, and endoscopy.
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For information about cancer treatment or clinical trials: 1-800-340-2872.