Surgery - cancer

Your doctor may recommend surgery to help with achieve any number of goals, from diagnosing and treating your cancer to relieving the symptoms it causes. Cancer surgery may be your only treatment, or it may be supplemented with other treatments, such as radiation or chemotherapy. Whether you undergo additional cancer treatment depends on your type of cancer and its stage. Traditionally, the main goal of surgery is to cure your cancer by removing it from your body.

Your cancer care team will talk with you in detail about your own care plan and whether surgery is a treatment option for your type of cancer. If you are having surgery for your cancer, you will have the operation performed by a surgeon in the hospital.

If you have an appointment for a surgery already booked, there are a number of things you can do to help make sure the experience goes as smoothly as possible. To read more about how to prepare for a surgery at KGH, click here.

If you'd like to search for more resources about surgery, visit the Cancer Care South East website and type "surgery" into the search field.