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Cancer Surgeries

Overview

The word ‘cancer’ can strike fear in the heart of any individual. This disease causes the abnormal growth of cells in our body. Thankfully, we are living in an era where many advancements have taken place in medical science. One such significant achievement is the advent of effective cancer surgeries.

About Cancer Surgeries

Cancer surgeries, as the name suggests, are surgeries that doctors perform for reducing or eliminating cancer. Cancer surgery is one of the most effective cancer treatments in the medical world today. In such a surgery, the cancerous tissue or tumor is removed from the body.

A Surgical oncologist is a doctor who has expertise in performing cancer surgery. Cancer surgeries are effective in dealing with most types of cancers. Even if cancer reaches advanced stages, surgery can still prove helpful.

What are the Types of Cancer Surgeries That Exist for Treatment?

Cancers are of many different kinds and can occur in any part of the body. Below are the most popular cancer surgeries that are in existence today:

  • Laser Surgery
  • Photodynamic Therapy
  • Cryosurgery
  • Natural Orifice surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Open Surgery
  • Electrosurgery
  • Hyperthermia
  • Mohs surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Curative surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Palliative surgery
  • Debulking surgery
  • Natural orifice surgery
  • Microscopically controlled surgery

Who Qualifies for Cancer Surgeries?

Individuals with the following symptoms qualify for cancer surgeries:

  • Chronic coughing
  • Chronic headache
  • Abnormal pelvic pain
  • Persistent bloating
  • Oral and Skin Changes
  • Difficulty in swallowing

Why are cancer surgeries conducted?

Cancer surgeries are conducted for the following reasons:

  • Determining the extent of cancer
  • Removal or elimination of cancerous cells
  • Reduction of cancerous tumors
  • Reducing the intensity or effects of cancer

What are the benefits of cancer surgeries?

Take a look at the benefits you may derive from cancer surgeries:

  • Diagnosis of cancer in the body
  • The benefits of cancer surgeries are:
  • Removal of cancerous tissue from the body
  • Reduction of the number of cancerous cells
  • Destruction of the cancerous cell production mechanism
  • Restoring body appearance

What are some risks associated with cancer surgeries?

Below are various risks or side effects of cancer surgeries:

  • Drug reaction
  • Bleeding from Surgery Spot
  • Damage to neighboring tissues
  • Pain

When to See a Doctor?

The decision of whether a patient requires cancer surgery depends on the doctor in charge. If you are a cancer patient, your doctor must be the one to decide whether you need cancer surgery or not. The doctor will take this decision after a detailed diagnosis and analysis. Apollo hospitals have some of the best cancer surgeons in the country.

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Karol Bagh, New Delhi

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment

What are the Preparations for a Cancer Surgery Treatment?

Your oncologist may require you to follow the following preparation measures

  • Tests
    This is to determine whether the body is ready for the surgery or not. These tests may also reveal information about the extent of cancer, type of cancer, and type of surgery suitable for it.
  • Proper Understanding
    Your doctor will ask you to be mentally prepared for the cancer surgery. You must become aware of the possible risks and side effects of the surgery.
  • Special diet
    Certain cancer surgeries may require you to go on a special diet a few hours prior to the check-up. The aim of this special diet is to prepare your body for cancer surgery and its effects.

Conclusion

Many people are overtaken by anxiety after being diagnosed with cancer. However, the important thing to remember is that worrying and fearing the worst will not help your case. Most cancers are not untreatable nowadays and can be effectively reduced with surgeries. Cancer surgeries are a viable method of treatment for your cancer.

References:

https://stanfordhealthcare.org/medical-treatments/c/cancer-surgery/types.html

https://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/how-cancer-treated/surgery/what-cancer-surgery

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cancer/in-depth/cancer-surgery/art-20044171

Are cancer surgeries painful procedures?

No, you will not experience any pain during cancer surgery. In case it is required during the surgery, anesthesia will be administered.

Is cancer surgery the only option?

Cancer surgery in many cases may be the only effective treatment available, especially if the cancer is advanced. Sometimes there may be other alternatives available.

Can a family member or friend attend a cancer surgery procedure?

This depends upon the policy of the hospital or clinic. Some hospitals or clinics may allow friends or family to stay with the patient during surgery while others do not. It also depends upon the type of cancer surgery.

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