Physicians at Baptist may use minimally invasive techniques to address cancer in various areas of the body.
Cancer occurs when abnormal cells within the body grow invading and replacing normal tissue. Surgery related to cancer involves:
Surgery may be used alone or in conjunction with chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
For diagnosis of cancer, often it is necessary to remove a small sample of the suspected tissue for evaluation. This process, called biopsy, can often be done using minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopy.
Laparoscopic biopsy and staging is frequently performed for cancers in the abdomen and pelvis, including evaluation of adjacent lymph nodes.
For patients with prostate cancer, physicians may use the da Vinci™ Surgical System to perform a radical prostatectomy (surgical removal of the prostate gland). The system is robotic technology that provides the surgeon with a 3-D image of the surgical field with 10x magnification. The surgeon uses master controls to robotic surgical instruments inside the patient that convey the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements. The system scales down the movements of the surgeon's hands into what amounts to microsurgery, allowing the performance of technically demanding procedures with great precision.
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