Who Needs Cancer Surgery?

Whether Surgery is an efficient method of treatment, depends on factors such as the tumour’s type, location, size, stage of cancer and grade. The patient’s health issues including physical fitness, age, and other medical conditions are also considered. Many patients may undergo cancer Surgery in combination with other treatments like radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and/or Hormone therapy.

Depending on the cancer type, tumour size and location, Surgery may take place using minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy or Robotic Surgery. Certain conditions may require more invasive open surgery, with larger incisions. A surgical oncologist may collaborate with other doctors and healthcare professionals to help reduce Pain and other adverse effects from surgery, and to speed recovery.

Surgery works best for single area containing solid tumours. It is a local treatment, meaning it is treating the cancer only to the part of your body. It is not used for the spread of leukaemia (a type of blood cancer) or cancers.