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Cancer Surgery

Surgery has been used to treat cancer for many, many years. Surgery also plays a key role in diagnosing cancer and finding out how far it may have spread.

Ostomies

An ostomy (or stoma) is a surgical opening made in the skin as a way for waste products to leave the body. An ostomy can allow wastes to leave from the intestines (ileostomy or colostomy) or from the bladder (urostomy). 

Video

This short video provides answers to some of the most common questions that people with cancer have about surgery.

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Learn about surgery for your cancer type