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Surgical cancer treatment in New Orleans

Touro is the place to go when you require advanced surgical treatment options for your cancer. Surgery is considered to be the foundation of cancer treatment for most patients. Surgery can be used on its own, or it can be combined with other treatment options such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

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Is surgery right for me?

All cancer patients are different. Your doctor might recommend surgery based on the form of cancer you have as well as the stage of the cancer and whether or not it has spread. Certain cancers, like blood cancer, cannot be treated surgically. Forms of cancer that have spread to multiple parts of your body might not be effectively treated with surgery. Whether surgery is right for you depends on your condition and how your cancer has progressed. The cancer surgeons at Touro are experts in the field and will make sure you understand all your options.

Reasons for surgical treatment

Cancer surgery might be used for any of the following:

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Diagnosis

Cancer surgery can remove all or part of a tumor. The removed biopsy can then be studied under a microscope. Your doctor will determine whether the tumor is cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign).

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Staging

Surgery can determine what stage your cancer has progressed to. Your doctor can also determine the size of tumors and find out if the cancer has spread and what area of the body it has spread to.

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Treatment

Surgery can be used to remove a tumor. This is especially common when your doctor believes that the disease has not spread.

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Debulking

Sometimes cancerous tumors cannot be removed entirely. In this case, your doctor can perform debulking surgery to remove a part of it.

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Easing Symptoms & Side Effects

Surgery can be used to reduce pain as well as improve your quality of life.

Minimally invasive cancer surgery

Surgery can sometimes be invasive with long recovery times. We utilize less invasive forms of surgery that come with less pain and shorter recovery times when possible. Your doctor will discuss your surgery options with you. Some of the most common types of minimally invasive surgeries include:

Cryosurgery

This form of minimally invasive surgery uses liquid nitrogen to freeze cancerous cells.

Laparoscopic Surgery

This surgery creates small incisions in the skin using a thin tube that’s equipped with a camera.

Laser surgery

This form of surgery uses a beam of strong light that removes affected tissue.

Microscopically Controlled Surgery

This surgery option is used for skin cancer and involves shaving off layers of cancer one at a time.

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Contact our team today for comprehensive cancer care