Surgery is the standard from which all other modalities of therapy have
evolved and can also have an important role in diagnosing and staging cancer.
The surgical treatment of cancer requires highly skilled surgeons whose
expertise spans the spectrum of specialized care. With combined proficiency
from a number of specialties — including breast, thoracic, neurosurgery,
head and neck, urology, gynecology and gastrointestinal — the expert
surgeons at the Leon Hess Cancer Center are skilled in the most sophisticated surgical
techniques, including such state-of-the art minimally invasive procedures
as laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery (see below). In taking the
Leon Hess Cancer Center’s team approach to care, these surgical
oncologists work closely with medical oncologists and radiation oncologists
to ensure patients receive the most effective treatment — whether
it involves one or more cancer therapies, given simultaneously or concurrently.
Our surgeons remain at the forefront of cancer research by participating
in numerous national clinical trials of promising new and experimental
cancer treatments that involve surgery.
Monmouth Medical Center’s Institute for Robotic Surgery introduced
to the region the most advanced robotic surgical system, which combines
computer and robotic technologies with the skills of the surgeon. It is
being used as an alternative to both open and traditional small-incision
methods in a host of surgical oncological specialties, including colorectal,
gynecologic, thoracic and urologic.