Surgery - Oncology
At Westchester Health, our Division of Oncology Surgery contains board trained and certified physicians who specialize in the surgical management of cancerous tumors.
With years of experience and a thorough command of the most advanced techniques and technologies, our oncology surgeons use innovative surgical methods to diagnose, stage and treat cancer, and to relieve certain cancer-related symptoms.
Whether a cancer patient is a candidate for surgery depends on the type, size, location, grade and stage of the tumor, as well as general health factors such as age, physical fitness and other medical comorbidities (two or more chronic diseases or conditions at the same time).
For many patients, surgery will be combined with other cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy or hormone therapy. These may be administered before or after surgery to help prevent the cancer’s growth, spread or recurrence. During or after surgery, our reconstructive surgeons perform whatever procedures are needed to restore the body's appearance and function.
At Westchester Health, our Oncology Surgery group plans for and proactively manages any side effects from surgery. Along with our team of nutritionists and rehabilitation therapists, our oncologic surgeons provide personalized care for each patient from the first visit through surgery to post-surgical follow-up care, to promote healing and enhance quality of life.
The Cancer Institute: A Center of Excellence
A center of excellence is a specialized program within a hospital or ambulatory setting which provides an exceptionally high concentration of expertise and related resources centered on a particular area of medicine. Delivering world-class care, centers of excellence distinguish their medical institutions as concentrations of expertise for the care and treatment of particular conditions
As part of our commitment to delivering the very highest level of compassionate, personalized care to each one of our patients, we are very pleased to be aligned with our Northwell Health colleagues at Phelps Hospital whose Cancer Institute has been designated a Center of Excellence.
Offering innovative and supportive cancer services under one roof, Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Phelps includes hematology and medical oncology, radiation oncology and thoracic surgery physician practices, as well as infusion and radiation therapy treatment areas. Our cancer specialists work closely with local surgeons so you can receive comprehensive and coordinated care close to home. In addition, a wide range of imaging and support services are available through Phelps Hospital. For more information on the Cancer Institute, click here.
Prevention as well as procedures
At Westchester Health, the goal of our Division of Oncology Surgery is to discover and utilize the best cancer treatments to help improve and prolong our patients' lives. In addition to providing the highest quality of surgical oncology care, we work closely with your primary care provider and other specialists to implement a total treatment plan customized for your specific condition to achieve the best possible outcome. We also focus on educating you and your family about lifestyle changes you can make to control, improve or even eradicate your cancer.
What makes Westchester Health’s Division of Oncology Surgery different?
At Westchester Health, we firmly believe that good treatment starts with good listening. We also believe that the best patient is an informed patient, and that patient education is critical to your long-term health.
From the first time you arrive at our offices, we spend as much time with you and your family as is necessary to make sure you understand your condition, the surgery we are recommending and all of your treatment options. Throughout your journey with us, we will continue to explain our recommended course of treatment and answer any questions you may have so that you understand what to expect.
Whether you have been with Westchester Health for years or are new to our practice, you quickly recognize that our Oncology Surgery group truly cares about each and every one of our patients. When you need us, we are here for you.
Always at the forefront of medicine
The world of medicine continues to change and evolve, especially regarding oncologic surgery. As part of Northwell Health, our oncology surgeons participate in its Division of Oncology Surgery training programs, making sure they are continually up-to-date on the newest technological advances in the field of surgical oncologic procedures and have ready access to the latest state-of-the-art surgical techniques.
Oncology surgeons are experts at many types of specialized oncologic surgery, including:
Colorectal surgery is a group of surgical procedures that treat disorders of the rectum, anus and colon. Whenever possible, surgeons offer procedures using minimally invasive techniques. Types of colon and rectal surgery include colectomy, colostomy, endoscopic surgery, hemorrhoidectomy, ileal Pouch Anal Anastomosis (J-Pouch), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) surgery, internal sphincterotomy, rectopexy and resection.
Endocrine surgery encompasses surgical procedures to treat disorders of the endocrine glands, including the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands, as well as in neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas and GI tract.
An alternative, innovative method of delivering chemotherapy, Hyperthermic (or Heated) Intraoperative Peritoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) is used to treat cancers that have spread to the lining of the abdominal cavity, such as those of the appendix, colon, stomach and ovaries. HIPEC may be particularly helpful for stomach cancer patients with abdominal tumors that have not spread to organs such as the liver or lungs, or to lymph nodes outside of the abdominal cavity.
Hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) surgery
Hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) surgery is an innovative and increasingly accepted treatment for patients with malignancies and diseases of the pancreas, liver, gallbladder and bile duct.
Wide-excision surgery is the accepted treatment option for most melanomas (malignant tumor associated with skin cancer) by removing the melanoma itself and a small margin of normal skin around it. However, Stage IV melanomas (the most serious) are often hard to cure because they have already spread to lymph nodes or other areas of the body. Metastases in internal organs are sometimes removed, depending on how many there are, where they are, and how likely they are to cause symptoms. Metastases that cause symptoms but cannot be removed may be treated with radiation, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, or chemotherapy.
Pediatric surgery involves performing surgery on infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Recognizing that the surgical concerns of children are often very different from those of adults, pediatric surgeons have been specially trained to perform surgery on children. They diagnose, treat and manage a wide spectrum of children’s surgical needs, including abnormalities of the groin (undescended testes, hernias), endoscopic procedures (bronchoscopy, colonoscopy), organ transplants, serious injuries that require surgery, surgical repair of birth defects and tumors (malignant and benign).
The only way to cure a soft tissue sarcoma is to remove it with surgery. A sarcoma is a rare cancer that originates in the bones and connective tissue such as fat and muscle. Because these tumors are hard to treat and require both experience and expertise, a surgeon performing this type of procedure needs to be very experienced in the treatment of sarcomas.