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Cancer Surgery

Surgery will be a part of your cancer treatment plan. You can rely on our surgical oncologists for advanced care that’s also personalized and close to home.

A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO YOUR CARE

We are experts in state-of-the-art surgical procedures, including minimally invasive techniques. Most importantly, we work alongside your entire Baystate cancer care team. We coordinate with your medical oncologist, your radiation oncologist, social workers, nurse navigators, and any other specialists on your team to ensure that your care is timely and thorough.

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, or another type of cancer, our priority is your health, comfort, and quality of life.

CANCER SURGERY EXPERTS, CLOSE TO HOME

Baystate surgery patients have greater success and fewer complications. In fact, the surgical oncology program at Baystate Health has been recognized for achieving “meritorious outcomes” in surgical patient care by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP).

Many procedures can be done without you staying in the hospital overnight, and with the use of minimally invasive procedures (also called laparoscopic surgery). Your surgical team will create a care plan based on your needs.

Compared to open surgery, minimally invasive surgery provides:

  •  Faster healing
  •  Less bleeding and need for blood transfusions
  •  Less pain
  •  Less risk of infection
  •  Shorter hospital stays
  •  Smaller scars

Adrenal Tumor Surgery

Depending on your diagnosis, your surgeon may recommend removing one or both of your adrenal glands. As experts in endocrine surgery, our surgeons perform hundreds of procedures each year—significantly more than surgeons in nearby communities.

Axillary Lymph Node Dissection

If a lymph node in your armpit (axillary) is cancerous, you will likely need to have lymph nodes removed (dissected). Lymph node dissection is often part of breast cancer surgery. Because your risk for lymphedema increases after lymph node dissection, we can help you plan appropriate follow-up care.

Brain and Spine Cancer Surgery

Our highly trained surgeons perform more than 1,200 brain and spine procedures every year. Our neurosurgeons treat brain tumors, such as meningiomas and gliomas, spine tumors, and skull-base tumors.

Breast Cancer Surgery

With a focus on your health and comfort, our breast cancer surgeons and other specialists will guide you through your entire treatment journey. You can count on our breast surgeons to work collaboratively with your entire care team.

Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)

A cholecystectomy is surgery to take out your gallbladder. It’s typically done using minimally invasive techniques, also known as laparoscopic, and you may be able to return home on the same day as surgery.

Colorectal Cancer Surgery

Colorectal surgeons at Baystate Health specialize in minimally invasive techniques to treat colon, rectal, and anal conditions—including colorectal and anal cancers. As part of your cancer team, our surgeons prioritize your health, comfort, and quality of life.

Gynecologic Cancer Surgery

Experienced gynecologic surgeons at Baystate provide state-of-the-art options to women with gynecologic cancers, including cancer of the cervix, ovaries, uterus, or vagina.

Liver Cancer Surgery

Surgical oncologists at Baystate specialize in digestive cancer treatment, including cancers of the liver and bile ducts. Surgical options include removing part of your liver (also called liver resection or hepatectomy).

Pancreatic Cancer Surgery

Complex surgeries like the Whipple procedure and a distal pancreatectomy (removal of part of the pancreas) may offer a cure or help extend your life if you’ve been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Surgical oncologists at Baystate will consult closely with you and your cancer team to determine the best options. Our surgeons have been recognized by the American College of Surgeons for “exemplary outcomes” in pancreatic cancer surgery.

Skin Cancer Surgery

In most cases, surgery is the best treatment for skin cancer. But the kind of surgery you need is determined by the type of skin cancer, how large the cancer is, and where it is on your body. Our surgeons will work closely with you to treat and prevent the spread of skin cancer.

Thoracic Cancer Surgery

Thoracic cancer surgery is typically done to diagnose or to repair lungs affected by cancer. Baystate surgeons specialize in the latest thoracic surgery techniques, including video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robotic thoracic surgery.

Venous Access Device (Port) Implantation

A venous access device, also called a port, is implanted under your skin and allows medications to go directly into your larger veins. If chemotherapy is part of your treatment plan, your doctor may recommend a port as a helpful alternative to regular IVs. Ports are placed while you’re under general anesthesia and you’ll likely go home on the same day as the procedure.