Oncology is the branch of medicine dealing with cancer. Things oncology handles are diagnosing any type of cancer, providing types of therapy to people with cancer (i.e. chemotherapy and radiotherapy), following up with cancer patients after treatments, and screening people and communities for cancer. Those who practice oncology are known as oncologists.
Our surgeons perform surgical treatments for most types of cancer. Those cancers include: breast, colorectal, gastric, hepatic, lymphoma, pancreatic and thyroid.
Performing a Splenectomy and Lymph Node Biopsy
When a splenectomy is done, either part of or the entire spleen is removed. This procedure is necessary when someone suffers from cancers of the lymphatics, like leukemia and lymphomas, or when gastric cancer spreads to splenic tissue.
A lymph node biopsy removes lymph node tissue to be examined under a microscopic to look for signs of cancer, as well as other diseases and infections.
Placing a Portacath and Mammosite Catheter
A portocath, or just a port, is a smaller medical device placed under the skin, usually in the upper chest just below the collarbone, to help treat oncology and hematology patients. Underneath the skin, the portocath has a septum so blood samples can be drawn and medicine can be injected in a manner that’s less painful and discomforting than being stuck with a needle.
A catheter connects the portocath to a vein. Mammosite catheters are used in internal radiation therapy with breast cancer. Once a breast cancer tumor has been removed, a Mammosite ballon that’s attached to a thin catheter is place inside the lumpectomy cavity so treatment can be given and patients can go about their daily lives normally during treatment.