Cancer Care

Minimally invasive surgery for cancer

Small incisions to surgically remove cancer

Our surgical oncologists have extensive training and experience with minimally invasive procedures that may not be available at other cancer centers in the region.

  • Robotic-assisted surgery – When conducted by an experienced surgeon, robotic-assisted surgery is a much more accurate operation than traditional open surgery. The 3-D view provided by a specially designed camera and the dexterity of the robotic hands allow the surgeon to maneuver through and around all those important nerves and vital structures.

  • Endobronchial ultrasound and navigational bronchoscopy – These diagnostic tools facilitate less invasive diagnosis of lung tumors and other tumors of the chest. Endobronchial ultrasound uses a scope that has an attached ultrasound probe to look at tissues next to the airways and biopsy them. This often replaces older surgery called “mediastinoscopy,” which requires a cut on the neck. Navigational bronchoscopy utilizes a computer to map out the path to biopsy a lung lesion that could not otherwise be reached with the regular bronchoscope. This may mean earlier diagnosis for lesions that would otherwise be difficult to biopsy, and has lower risk of puncturing a lung compared to transthoracic biopsy techniques.

  • Minimally invasive parathyroid surgery – The traditional surgical approach to parathyroid disease would be to look at all four glands, although the vast majority of parathyroid problems are caused by only one gland. At Goshen Center for Cancer Care, we often can localize the abnormal gland before surgery and use a very small incision. We use intraoperative hormone blood tests to ensure that the parathyroid problem has been fixed prior to the patient leaving the operation.

  • Laparoscopic surgery - With laparoscopic surgery, our surgical team can remove cancer with precision and accuracy through small incisions and better preserve healthy tissue. Patients recover more quickly from the surgery with less time in the hospital and fewer complications.

  • Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) – Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions in the chest area, including lung and esophageal cancers. This procedure requires only small incisions, which can lead to a quicker and less painful recovery for the patient.

Common cancers treated with minimally invasive surgical procedures

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