Cancer Care

Cancer Surgery

As a cancer treatment, surgery is done to remove cancerous tissue, diagnose the type of cancer or determine the extent to which cancer has spread. Surgery can be a very effective cure for cancer, especially if the cancer has not spread. Most patients will have some type of surgery in their treatment plan.

Surgery can also be done to:

  • Reduce the size of a tumor
  • Correct a problem that is causing discomfort
  • Surgically place a catheter or port for chemotherapy
  • Reconstruct a part of the body that has been altered or removed by cancer treatment.

Spectrum Health is a regional referral center providing cancer patients with many types of surgery, including general surgery, da Vinci® Surgical System (robot-assisted technology), plastic surgery and surgical critical care.

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