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Surgery as part of a cancer treatment plan

When you receive a cancer diagnosis, surgery is often recommended as one of the first steps in your treatment plan. The surgeons at Novant Health Salem Surgical Associates understand the uncertainty that comes with a cancer diagnosis. That's why everyone in our practice makes every effort to bring an end to that uncertainty as quickly as possible. We offer same-day and next day appointments to get you answers and information quickly. Contact any of our offices to schedule. We are here to offer initial consultations as well as to give second opinions when needed. And, we will see you through your cancer treatment, even after your surgery is complete.

We invite you to look over this page to learn more about some of the common cancers we help to treat. This is not a comprehensive list. If you do not see a condition listed here for which you require treatment, please call us so that we can get you the information you need.

Breast cancer treatment

Surgery is often a part of breast cancer treatment, even in the diagnosis phase. Breast biopsies, nipple exploration and lumpectomies are all diagnostic tools that can help diagnose the presence of cancer and determine the best course of treatment. Our surgeons regularly complete these procedures for patients and also complete more complicated treatment procedures including Mammosite procedures as well as partial and complete mastectomies. Your individual treatment plan will depend on your diagnosis as well as your personal preferences. Click here to learn more about breast biopsies. Or, learn more about mastectomies by clicking here.

Colorectal cancer surgery

Surgery for colorectal cancer involves removing cancerous cells along with the adjacent section of the colon or rectum. The exact procedure will depend on the location of your cancer as well as how far it has spread.

Lymph node excision

The normal job of lymph nodes is to help defend the body against infection. When the body becomes infected with cancer, that cancer can spread to the lymph nodes. Then, instead of defending the body, those nodes can instead help to spread cancerous cells. A lymph node excision is the surgical removal of a lymph node to either determine the presence of cancerous cells or to remove cancerous cells. Often, a lymph node excision is one of the earlier steps in a cancer treatment; the results can help determine what further treatment is needed. The surgeons at Novant Health Salem Surgical Associates regularly complete lymph node excisions, and can explain the procedure as well as recovery and typical next steps. Call one of our offices to schedule a consultation.

Pancreatic cancer surgery

Surgery for pancreatic cancer can involve removing part of your pancreas or the entire pancreas, depending on the size and location of your cancer. Other associated surgeries might involve bypassing bile ducts or rerouting your stomach to another part of your intestine. These surgeries can alleviate or prevent symptoms associated with pancreatic cancer.

Sarcoma surgery

Sarcomas are cancers involving bone, cartilage, fat, muscle or vascular tissue. Surgery is one of the most common treatments for this type of cancer. The goal of surgery is to remove cancerous cells while preserving the function of the bone, muscle or other affected structures. Click here to read more about surgery for sarcomas.

Skin cancer treatment

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Treatment depends on the stage of the cancer and size of the affected area. Surgical procedures are often recommended to both diagnose skin cancer (through biopsies) and remove cancerous cells. After cancer treatment, scar revision surgery can also help make the evidence of skin cancer less noticeable. Click here to learn more about the types of skin cancer.


The spleen is an organ in the body that filters blood. A splenectomy is a surgery done to remove all or part of the spleen. This is often necessary as part of treatment for lymphoma or leukemia patients whose cancer is affecting the spleen, causing it to become large or even rupture. The surgeons at Novant Health Salem Surgical Associates can determine the extent to which your spleen is affected and what course of treatment would be best for you.

Stomach cancer treatment

Depending on the stage and location of stomach cancer, surgery might be recommended to diagnose or remove cancerous cells. Surgical options include gastrectomy to remove all or part of the stomach, as well as surgeries to remove other affected organs and lymph nodes nearby. How much of your stomach is removed determines recovery time and post-surgical outlook. The surgeons at Novant Health Salem Surgical Associates will discuss your treatment options and help you determine the best surgical treatment plan for you.

Thyroid cancer treatment

The thyroid is a gland in the neck that plays a major role in hormones and digestion in your body. Surgery is the first line of defense in thyroid cancer treatment. Surgical procedures are used to remove cancerous cells so a surgeon can determine the exact stage and type of cancer. This information is used to determine what further treatment is needed. In some cases, a thyroidectomy is necessary to remove all or part of the thyroid. If cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes or other structures, your surgeon might recommend removal of those structures as well. For instance, a parathyroidectomy is a surgery to remove the parathyroid gland, while an adrenalectomy removes the adrenal gland or glands. Your surgeon at Novant Health Salem Surgical Associates can explain your specific case and what procedures would be recommended. Click here to learn more about surgical treatment for thyroid cancer.

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