Surgical Oncology

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.