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Surgical Oncology

A Multidisciplinary Force

Being diagnosed with cancer is very frightening. But hope and healing begin at Geisinger’s multidisciplinary Cancer Institute. Our surgical oncologists are part of the first line of defense – removing tumors, tissue and lymph nodes as treatment, and for staging of all types of cancers.

Our cancer surgeons are fellowship trained to provide the most advanced techniques in the treatment of:

  • Breast and gynecologic oncology
  • Hepatic (liver, gall bladder, and pancreatic) tumors
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Lung and esophageal cancers
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Genito/uterinary cancer
  • Brain tumors
  • Melanoma

Geisinger surgical oncologists are skilled in techniques like:

  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (minimally invasive radiation therapy that targets the tiniest of tumors)
  • Sentinel node biopsy (identifying and removing the first lymph node to receive cancer material from a tumor)
  • Minimally invasive removal of liver tumors
  • Complex open surgeries to remove large tumors or cancers that have spread beyond the original site

Geisinger also performs complex surgical techniques for hard to treat tumors or cancer that has spread to other organs. For example, our specialists treat abdominal lining cancers, first removing the tumor. Surgeons then employ a procedure called Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC). HIPEC involves washing the stomach cavity and abdominal organs with a warmed chemotherapy solution to eliminate any microscopic cells. HIPEC isn’t for every patient, but the technique represents a significant advance.

In central and northeastern Pennsylvania, Geisinger surgeons can offer patients the latest surgical research protocols, innovative cancer treatments and access to clinical trials..