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How is surgery used in oncology?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Surgery is often used in oncology as a primary method of cancer treatment. However, surgery also has other uses in oncology. If your doctor believes you are at risk for developing a specific type of cancer, surgery may be used to help prevent its occurrence. Surgery can help your doctor diagnose your cancer and stage it, or determine how advanced it is. If your doctor is unable to remove all of your tumor, surgery may still help to reduce the size of the tumor and make other treatments, like chemotherapy, more effective. Surgery is sometimes used in oncology to treat the symptoms of cancer, even when the cancer cannot be cured.

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