Surgical Oncology

Surgical Oncology

In addition to a full range of medical and radiation oncology services, the Cancer Center of East Alabama offers our patients technologically advanced diagnostic and surgical techniques.

Minimally Invasive Surgery - Minimally invasive surgery is surgery performed through small incisions. Combining specialized techniques with state-of-the-art equipment, surgeons at East Alabama Medical Center can perform many types of surgeries to diagnose and treat cancer through an incision that requires only a stitch or two to close.

Robotic-Assisted Surgery - The da Vinci robotic surgical system was recently installed at East Alabama Medical Center and is currently being used by physicians performing certain gynecological and urological procedures. In addition to less pain and a shorter hospital stay, the da Vinci robot—which turns a previously invasive procedure into a minimally invasive surgical procedure—promises less scarring, less blood loss, less risk of infection and a quicker recovery overall.

Reconstructive Surgery – Reconstructive surgery is performed by plastic surgeons who reconstruct the area affected by surgical removal of cancer.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy - Stereotactic breast biopsy is a safe and minimally invasive form of breast biopsy. This procedure is used to obtain tiny samples from an abnormal breast mass for examination by a pathologist. Biopsies are the only definitive way to determine if a breast abnormality is benign (non-cancerous) or malignant.

Sentinel Lymph Node (SLN) Biopsy -The sentinel lymph node is the first lymph node to which cancer is likely to spread from the primary tumor. Cancer cells may appear in the sentinel node before spreading to other lymph nodes. During the procedure, the sentinel lymph node is removed and examined under a microscope to determine whether cancer cells are present.

For more information about surgical oncology procedures available at East Alabama Medical Center and the Cancer Center, call 334-528-1070. For a listing of surgeons practicing at East Alabama Medical Center, click here.