Surgery is an integral part of most cancer treatments. Surgery may be done as the first intervention or it may follow radiation and /or chemotherapy. Surgery is mainly utilized with curative intent. Cancer surgery now is both open and laparoscopic, the results being nearly identical in both the methods. Robotic surgery for cancer is also gaining ground very
Surgery also has a large role in the palliative setting. It is used to create alternative feeding passages and alternative channels to help the patient pass stool and urine. Palliative cancer
surgery may be utilized to tie a bleeding vessel and to relieve intestinal obstruction in abdominal malignancies.