For most patients undergoing evaluation and treatment of a malignancy, the first step is usually a biopsy of the suspicious area. Subsequent management often includes the removal of the affected tissue by a surgical specialist specially trained in the operative approach to malignant disease. The specific surgical technique utilized and the extent of surgery necessary varies depending on the type of cancer, the location in the body, and the possible use of combined treatment with other cancer therapies including chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy or radiation therapy.
Cancer surgeons, collectively referred to as surgical oncologists, often have particular subspecialty surgical interests and training. At the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, we have a full range of surgical specialists who are highly trained in the surgical approach to diagnosis and management of every possible disease site a cancer may affect. Our surgical specialists' areas of specialization include:
- Breast oncology,
- Gastrointestinal oncology,
- Gynecologic oncology,
- Head and neck oncology,
- Neurosurgical oncology,
- Thoracic oncology, and
- Urologic oncology.
Learn more about the Georgetown University Hospital Department of Surgery.
For more information about surgical oncology at Lombardi, contact our CancerLine at (202) 444-4000.