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Surgical Oncology

For many patients a surgical diagnostic procedure, such as a biopsy, is required; therefore, the first mode of treatment for cancer is often surgery. Surgeons have a vital role in not only removing cancerous tumors, but often in palliative treatment after other modes of cancer treatment have been utilized.

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Cancer surgery chiefly involves removal of the tumor and, if needed, repair of organs affected by the cancer. Our general surgeons, urologists, gynecologists, orthopedic surgeons, ear, nose and throat specialist, ophthalmologists, vascular surgeons and oral surgeons are among the specialists whose skill and expertise are often required for surgical cancer treatment.

Our surgeons are closely involved with patients in developing the most effective breast cancer treatment combinations. Along with our radiologists, they are involved with early detection through state-of-the-art imaging such as mammography, and education to help protect women against breast cancer. Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene surgeons are also trained in Sentinel Lymph Node procedures for Breast Cancer and Melanoma in an attempt to identify the drainage pattern for each tumor as well as improve pathologic findings in micrometastases in the sentinel node.