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Surgical Oncology

Surgical oncology is the practice of using surgery to treat cancer. Our surgical oncologists can remove cancerous tumors with the latest surgical techniques, like minimally invasive surgery, oncoplastic breast surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for colorectal cancer.

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Customized care with surgical precision

Balance is important in life, especially when you’re living with cancer. Our cancer experts from various specialties will look at your unique health needs and goals to create a care plan that may include a combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. 

Our surgical oncologists use the latest techniques, like oncoplastic breast surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, to keep comfort and quality of life the top priority in your treatment plan.

Abishnek Chatterjee, MD, MBA (Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery; Breast Surgical Oncologist; Plastic Surgeon; Breast Surgeon; Oncoplastic Specialist) putting on mask and dressing for surgery.
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Surgery is a safe and effective option for removing cancerous tumors and getting you on the road to recovery. We may opt for surgery to treat a full spectrum of cancers and advanced conditions, including:

Breast cancer
Colorectal cancer
Gastrointestinal cancer
Genitourinary cancer
Liver/biliary cancer
Multiple myeloma
Pancreatic cancer
Peritoneal surface malignancy (PSM)
Skin cancer
Stomach cancer


Learning that you need surgery for your cancer can bring on a wave of emotions. But you can count on us to help you navigate those waters with precise and innovative surgical techniques. 

Breast cancer surgery

When you're living with breast cancer, surgery is often an important part of your care plan. Breast surgery can range from relatively common procedures like lumpectomy and mastectomy to an innovative treatment called oncoplastic breast surgery, where we remove a tumor and reconstruct the breast at the same time.

Only a handful of doctors in the country can perform oncoplastic breast surgery, including doctors right here at Tufts Medicine.

Colon + rectal (colorectal) cancer surgery

Early stage colorectal cancer may only require surgery to remove the cancer. More advanced stages may bring chemotherapy into the treatment mix to reduce the chance of cancer returning. Whatever your condition requires, we’re prepared to bring our surgical expertise to the table, including procedures like:

  • Combined Endoscopic-Laparoscopic Surgery (CELS)
  • Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC)
  • Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM)

Liver cancer surgery

Your surgical options for liver cancer depend on your type of cancer, how far it has advanced and your overall health. Whenever possible, we use minimally invasive surgical techniques to remove or destroy liver tumors using alternative approaches, including:

  • Chemoembolization and radioembolization
  • Cryosurgery
  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)

And should your condition call for more advanced care, we’ll walk you through your liver transplant options with us.

Peritoneal surface malignancy (PSM) surgery

A peritoneal surface malignancy (PSM) occurs when an existing cancer spreads to the peritoneum within your abdominal cavity. We’re proud to offer a breakthrough PSM treatment called hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC).

HIPEC is a procedure that combines surgery and chemotherapy to eliminate cancerous tumors. During the procedure, we surgically remove visible tumors, then circulate a heated chemotherapy solution throughout the abdominal area. This heat helps the chemotherapy drugs reach the cancerous cells more effectively.

Skin cancer surgery

When skin cancer treatment calls for more advanced surgical care, we answer with a variety of treatment options.

Stomach (gastric) cancer surgery

The stomach can become be the root site for different types of stomach (gastric) cancer. Your surgical oncology team will provide the latest approaches, such as minimal invasive surgery, to bring you back to health.

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