Cancer Surgery

Trust a skilled, experienced  Englewood Health Physician Network cancer surgeon when you need surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. You’ll receive high-quality care at Lefcourt Family Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey.

Patient Stories

Steve is an avid world-traveler. When he was diagnosed with bile duct cancer, he turned to Dr. Steven Brower and the Englewood Health team for advanced treatment and found the support he needed to fight his cancer. Now he’s heading back on the road to see more of the world.

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Steven in his doctor's office

Surgery to Treat Cancer

Depending on your general health and the stage of your cancer, you and your Englewood Health cancer surgeon, also called a surgical oncologist, may decide surgery right for you. Your doctor may remove a tumor or all or part of an organ affected by cancer.

Surgery may be the only type of treatment you need, or you may have surgery in combination with other cancer treatments.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Count on your Englewood Health surgeons to use advanced technology and the least invasive procedure whenever possible as the most effective treatment for your cancer. This may include robot-assisted surgeries and minimally invasive procedures that speed your recovery and lessen pain and scarring when compared to traditional, open surgery.

Types of Cancer Surgeries

Work with your Englewood Health cancer surgeon, your medical oncologist, and the collaborative cancer team at Englewood Hospital for a wide range of cancer surgeries. The size, location, and stage of your tumor will determine the type of surgery you need. Find surgical treatments for:

Breast Cancer

  • Lumpectomy — Removes the tumor and a small amount of surrounding healthy breast tissue
  • Partial mastectomy — Takes out the tumor and a small amount of surrounding healthy breast tissue, as well as affected lymph nodes under the arm and possibly the lining of the chest muscles
  • Mastectomy — Removes the entire breast along with any affected lymph nodes
  • Breast reconstruction — Uses breast implants or body tissue to recreate a breast during breast cancer surgery or later

Learn more about breast surgery at Englewood Health.

Colorectal and Digestive Cancers

  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
    • Bowel resection – Removes part or all of the small intestine or large intestine
  • Esophageal
    • Esophagectomy – Removes all or part of the cancerous portion of the esophagus, and, if needed, the lymph nodes and part of the stomach
    • Transthoracic esophageal resection – Uses some of the stomach to replace a part of your esophagus
  • Pancreatic
    • Whipple procedure – Removes an affected part of the pancreas and immediately surrounding tissues, including the duodenum, part of the bile duct, gallbladder, and sometimes part of the stomach
    • Biliary bypass – Unblocks the bile duct and attaches it to the small intestine
    • Gastric bypass – Creates a bypass from the stomach past a duodenum blockage
  • Stomach
    • Partial gastrectomy – Removes part or all of the stomach and surrounding lymph nodes
    • Total gastrectomy – Takes out the whole stomach
  • Liver cancer
    • Partial hepatectomy – Removes part of the liver

Lung Cancer

  • Wedge resection – Takes out the tumor and a small part of the lung
  • Segment resection – Removes the tumor and a section of the lung tissue
  • Lobectomy – Removes one lobe of the lung with cancerous tissue
  • Pneumonectomy – Takes out the whole lung when it has a large tumor

Urologic Cancers

  • Bladder
    • Partial cystectomy – Removes part of the bladder
    • Radical cystectomy – Takes out the whole bladder, nearby lymph nodes, and, if needed, other organs
    • Bladder reconstruction – Reconstructs a new urinary system after removal of the entire bladder
  • Kidney
    • Partial nephrectomy – Takes out a portion of the kidney and leaves the rest letting you maintain normal kidney function
    • Radical nephrectomy – Removes all of the kidney
  • Prostate
    • Prostatectomy – Removes the prostate and surrounding tissue
    • Orchiectomy – Takes out the testicles to eliminate the male hormones that prostate cancer cells need to grow

Other Ways to Remove Cancer

You may benefit from other cancer therapies including:

  • Cryoablation – Freezes and kills cancer cells
  • Embolization – Injects a special substance into the blood vessel to block the blood supply to a tumor
  • Laser surgery – Uses a laser to destroy tumor cells
  • Radiofrequency ablation – Uses heat to destroy cancerous tissue

Your Cancer Surgery Team

Your expert team takes a comprehensive, collaborative approach to treatment for your best possible outcome and quality of life. Depending on your type of cancer, your surgical team may include:

  • Gastrointestinal surgeon
  • General surgeon
  • Plastic surgeon
  • Surgical oncologist
  • Thoracic surgeon
  • Urological surgeon