Surgery is a highly effective means of dealing with many common types of cancer. The doctors at Association of South Bay Surgeons in Torrance, California, are experienced in the diagnosis and staging (determining the extent) of cancer, and surgically treat many cancers safely and effectively.
Surgery is the traditional approach to cancer treatment. In addition to being a highly effective treatment, surgery is often used to diagnose and stage (determine the extent) of the cancer. Thanks to advances in the surgical field, there are now less invasive techniques that remove cancerous tumors. Most cancer patients have some kind of surgery. Surgery offers the best chance for a cure in many different kinds of cancer, especially when the diagnosis is made early.
Prophylactic cancer surgery is done as a preventive measure. This type of surgery is performed on tissue that isn't currently malignant, but has a high chance of becoming malignant later. Prophylactic cancer surgery is typically done in patients with a precancerous condition, for example polyps within the colon. Preventive surgery may involve the removal or partial removal of an organ. An example is a mastectomy or radical lumpectomy on women who carry the breast cancer gene (BRCA1 or BRCA2.)
There are several different techniques used in diagnostic cancer surgery. In a biopsy, a small quantity of tissue is removed from the area of suspected cancer. Biopsy techniques include fine needle aspiration, needle core biopsy, excisional biopsy, and incisional biopsy. In an endoscopy, the surgery involves the use of an endoscope — a flexible tube that includes a magnified lens or video camera. This allows the surgeon to see close-up views of areas like the stomach, the throat, the colon, the bladder, and the respiratory tract. In laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, and mediastinoscopy the surgeon uses small incisions to see the body's interior and to obtain tissue for biopsy, if needed. When other diagnostic procedures don't yield the information needed, open surgery like laparotomy, thoracotomy, or mediastinotomy may be done.
There are now many different options in cancer treatment surgery. These include laser surgery to destroy cancerous growths, cryosurgery to freeze and destroy some precancerous conditions of the cervix, electrosurgery to kill cancer cells with electrical current, chemosurgery to use chemicals to help destroy cancerous tissues, and Mohs surgery to gradually shave away skin cancers in layers. Laparoscopic surgery allows for cancerous tissue removal in a minimally invasive way. It's often used to remove gallbladders and may be useful in cancer treatment in the future.
"The best bedside manner I have ever encountered in a physician. He made a very scary surgery a good experience..."
"An excellent doctor and surgeon with wonderful people skills. She is extremely personable and makes you feel very comfortable..."
"I don't like surgery, but he made me feel comfortable, I really trust him. He was very patient and most Doctors don't understand how important patience is."
"Everyone in the office was very professional, and very nice to all the patients coming in."
"A very down to earth doctor. I feel that I can trust what he tells me which is also told in such a way that I can understand..."
"The office was professionally laid out displaying a relaxing atmosphere. The free coffee and actual tables to sit at is a welcome sight..."
"During a very stressful time, the Dr. was thorough and calming. I felt very confident going into surgery that I had made the right decision on the doctor..."
"Good attitude, helpful, explained diagnosis simply and thoroughly. I really did appreciate the call on a Friday evening at home to discuss my options..."
"Office staff very kind and friendly, helpful when I had insurance issues and they worked the problems out. I did not have to..."
"A wonderful doctor who is quite knowledgeable in her field of expertise. She has a great bed side manner and has a pleasant, down to earth personality."
"One of the best and most caring doctors, I've ever met. When I come to see the Dr., I know I'm in good hands, and I have complete trust in him..."
"I felt very confident about my decision to plan my surgery with this Physician. I did extensive research on my type of surgery, issues and options..."
"Dr Friedlander is such a great surgeon. She has the perfect combo of being a skilled surgeon and also being a very decent human being. She was totally present to me..."
"Good doctor, and very nice. She is a busy and in-demand surgeon, so even though I've been kept waiting a couple of times, it's been for good reason."
"Given a mountain of evidence, I know absolutely that Dr. Klein is absolutely one of the best surgeons and you will be very lucky to have him on your team..."
"I have to say he has been great. Since the beginning of my journey he has been there to answer questions and any concerns I had."
"I can not thank Dr. Solomon enough for giving me my life back. Topping the scale at 279, I'm 3 months post op and 219 lbs, I would not have been able to do this alone."
"She is truly amazing, her spirit will take all your fears away and you will be relieved from the moment you meet her. She's truly an outstanding Doctor..."
"I went to Dr. Ali-jones for a double mastectomy. She was very knowledgeable, professional, and her bedside manner exuded compassion and understanding..."
"Dr. Bhayani perform colon cancer surgery on my wife. I am a pastor and deal with lots of medical people. Dr. Bhayani was outstanding, competent..."
"He explained in specific detail what a liver resection procedure was. I like that he didn't sugar coat things but his caring attitude made me feel at ease..."