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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.

Understanding Cancer Surgery

Ongoing advances in surgical techniques allow surgeons to operate on a growing number of patients and have good outcomes.

What to Expect When You Have Surgery

You’ve been told you have cancer. You’ve looked at your treatment options, and you and your doctor agree that surgery is needed. Now you may have questions about what to expect.


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: Surgery

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