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Surgical Oncology Services

At UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, we understand the complexity of cancer.

Our surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists work together to consider which treatments are right for you.

Depending on the type of cancer you have, these may include:

Surgical oncologists at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center have extensive knowledge and skill in the most advanced surgical techniques.

We work with each patient and referring doctor to craft a precise plan of action.

Some highly specialized technologies and minimally invasive surgical options we offer include:

Specialty Surgical Oncology Care

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center surgical oncologists treat every type of cancer, but we have distinct expertise in:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Hepatobiliary cancer
  • Neuroendocrine tumors
  • Soft tissue sarcomas
  • All peritoneal surface malignancies including those of the appendix, mesothelioma, and others

Specialty programs and centers include:

  • David C. Koch Regional Cancer Therapy Center
  • GI Cancer Program
  • Liver Tumor Program
  • Melanoma and Sarcoma Program
  • Pancreatic Cancer Center
  • Robotic Surgical Oncology

How Surgical Oncology Works

At times, strong drugs (like those used in chemotherapy) or radiation can kill cancer cells and stop the illness. But other times, cancerous tumors or tissue present problems of their own.

Tumors may:

  • Affect the ability of organs or other structures to function properly.
  • Grow so large that they obstruct or encroach upon other parts of the body.
  • Produce substances that make the cancer worse.

Our surgeons will assess your tumor to see if we can remove it. This can potentially cure your cancer or reduce its effects.

Types of cancer surgery

Surgeons can use:

  • Minimally invasive techniques to remove cancerous tissues. Small “keyhole” incisions can reduce the time spent recovering in the hospital. They can also make it easier to get back to your normal daily life.
  • Advanced robotic surgery methods to achieve an even greater degree of precision.
  • Open surgery if a tumor is very large or not accessible by minimally invasive methods.

In each case, proper anesthesia and pain control make surgery and recovery as comfortable as possible.

Your care team will discuss which surgical approach is best for your situation.

Surgical Oncology Support Services and Cutting-Edge Research

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center offers a range of services that can make cancer treatments more effective and patients more comfortable.

Our support network includes:

Social workers are also part of our team.

They can help you and your family understand your options and overcome barriers to treatment by providing access to:

  • Community resources
  • Transportation services
  • Other practical support

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is also a partner of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI). UPCI is the only Comprehensive Cancer Center in the region recognized by the National Cancer Institute.

This provides patients with the chance to benefit from the latest cancer research. It also means they may be able to take part in clinical trials of the most advanced cancer treatments to date.

Contact the Department of Surgical Oncology at UPMC CancerCenter

To learn more about surgical oncology treatment at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, please call us at 412-647-2811.