Cancer Center

Phone Numbers

General Cancers Nurse Navigator
(803) 791-2289
(803) 791-2617
Support Group Network
(803) 791-2800
Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator
(803) 791-2521
(800) 635-0858
Women's Imaging
(803) 791-2486
Medical Social Services
(803) 791-2430
Lexington Radiation Oncology
(803) 791-2575
Radiology Department
(803) 791-2460
Medical Day Infusion Center
(803) 791-2287
Manager for Cancer Programs
(803) 936-8050

Surgery

A Common & Effective Treatment Option

Surgeries are one of the most common and useful ways to treat cancer. Surgeons can operate to remove cancer or tumors that have not spread to other places in the body. Some surgeries help physicians diagnose cancer while others help prevent cancer.

Not all surgeries are drastic or highly invasive. Minimally invasive surgeries — those that have minimal incisions and spare healthy tissue — may be the most effective option in some cases. Surgical treatments include:

Laparoscopic Surgery

During this minimally invasive surgery, surgeons use a thin, flexible camera and tools through small incisions to remove a tumor. Most patients prefer this type of surgery because it can offer a faster recovery, fewer complications and a shorter hospital stay.

Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

This minimally invasive surgery is used to diagnose and treat problems in the chest. During surgery, a tiny camera and surgical instruments are inserted in the chest through small incisions. The camera transmits video which the surgeon uses to guide the procedure.

Radio-Frequency Ablation (RFA)

This outpatient surgery uses heat to destroy tumor cells. A surgeon inserts a thin needle into the tumor, heats it and applies the tip to the cells. Another option, called cryoablation, uses extreme cold to destroy tumor cells.