Depend on the START Center for your cancer surgery.

Oncology surgery — cancer surgery — encompasses the surgical goals and techniques involved in the prevention and treatment of cancer and the alleviation of its symptoms. At the START Center for Cancer Care, we have assembled a brilliant team of highly experienced surgeons capable of performing your cancer surgery precisely, no matter the type, and achieving the excellent outcomes you’re counting on.

Beyond our understanding of cancer surgery itself, we know all about the emotional stress spurred by the entire ordeal. Therefore, we have devoted ourselves to attending to all of your needs and concerns. Everyone at the START Center will do their utmost to answer your questions, or find someone who can, so that you feel as comfortable as possible during this difficult time.

No matter what type of oncology surgery you need, we’ve got it mastered.

There are a number of different approaches to cancer surgery that depend on each individual situation. Here is a quick summary of the different ways surgery can be used to fight cancer:

Prevention

Preventative surgery catches cancer before it happens. This is commonly done by extracting precancerous tissue, such as intestinal polyps, but can also mean removing an entire healthy organ if it’s been determined that the individual has a high likelihood of developing that type of cancer.

Diagnosis

Often the only way to determine if someone has cancer is to remove a cluster of suspicious cells and test them, called a biopsy.

Staging

Staging surgery is performed to discover exactly how much cancer somebody has and how far it has spread. This helps your cancer-care team determine the best method(s) of treatment for your individual situation.

Curative

When cancer is localized, surgery to remove the tumor can effectively cure cancer by removing all malignant cells from the body. Curative surgery can be done in conjunction with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, performed either before or after your procedure.

Debulking

This type of surgery partially removes your cancer when full removal would cause excessive damage to the surrounding tissue. The remaining cancer cells are then usually treated with radiation or chemotherapy.

Palliative

With advanced cancer, surgery can be performed to alleviate discomfort and improve quality of life, but with no intention of treatment or cure.

Supportive

Supportive surgery makes other cancer treatments easier. For example, rather than repuncture the skin for every chemotherapy treatment, a device can be inserted that gives your oncologist easy access to your bloodstream.

Restorative

After a serious cancer operation, surgery may be performed to restore a person’s appearance or the function of an organ or body part. For example, breast reconstruction may be performed after a woman undergoes a full mastectomy.

START’s surgeons define excellence in cancer surgery.

In order to be counted among the surgeons at the START Center for Cancer Care, a doctor must demonstrate incredible talent, drive and patient empathy. All of our surgeons have undergone specialized training in their respective fields and have spent years honing their skills. We’re proud to assure you that by trusting your cancer surgery to our specialists, you’ll be trusting world-class reputations that are based on a solid record of surgical success.

Check out our Doctors section for more information on our cancer surgeons.

You have an important role in your own cancer surgery.

If your doctor has determined that surgery is necessary to treat your cancer, it’s important that you observe all instructions given to you for the sake of your treatment and general safety. If you have any questions, make sure to ask us, and if any step of the way makes you uncomfortable, we will do everything we can to help you feel better.

Remember that while you are in charge of your own cancer treatment, you are also endowing us with a responsibility to effectively perform your procedure — a responsibility we don’t take lightly. We will educate you on every move we plan to make and ensure that you understand the inevitable risks and possible side effects associated with your surgery. Your understanding of your treatment plan and confidence in our abilities is crucial to the success of your cancer care.

Visit the START Center for Cancer Care and let us show you exactly why we’re considered world-class. Call 210-745-6841 for more information or to schedule an appointment. You can also schedule an appointment using our easy online form.