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Surgical oncologists at Loyola provide advanced surgical treatments for cancer patients and foster cancer research and education. The goals of this specialty are to provide the most comprehensive, progressive surgical management available for individuals with cancer; to educate students, residents and physicians in these methods; and to expand research in cancer or like diseases.
Surgical oncologic care encompasses a wide range of malignancies, including those affecting the gastrointestinal tract, liver, pancreas, biliary system, breast, esophagus, melanoma and soft tissue sarcoma. In addition, infusional hepatic chemotherapy and cryoablation of liver tumors have been added to the surgical armamentarium. Surgery on gastric, pancreatic, colon, rectum and esophageal cancers are routinely performed.
A large variety of advanced operations such as limb salvage procedures for soft tissue sarcoma and liver resections for primary and metastatic carcinoma are performed.
For the best management of cancer patients, surgical oncology has a close working relationship with the medical oncology and radiation therapy departments.
Surgical oncologists at Loyola are studying the the role of sentinel lymph node biopsy in the management of regional failure of metastatic melanoma.