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Surgery is the physical removal of a cancerous tumor and a small amount of surrounding normal tissue, called the "margins." Not all cancer patients need surgery.

Why is surgery performed in cancer patients?

  • To remove cancerous cells or tissue from the body
  • To reduce the size of the tumor
  • To relieve symptoms that may be caused by the cancer

What are the risks or complications with surgery?

There are possible risks and complications with any procedure. Those associated with surgery can be due to medications such as anesthesia, a change in normal body functions due to handling of vital organs, or infection. The most common complications include:
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clot
  • Decreased bowel function
  • Infection
  • Other complications are specific to the area of operated
  • Pain in the area of surgery
  • Pneumonia/other respiratory difficulties
Your surgeon will discuss the risks with you in detail once it is determined that surgery is the appropriate treatment for your particular type of cancer.  

Karmanos Surgical Oncologists 

Breast Cancer
Keiva Bland M.D.  
Lydia Choi, M.D.
David Gorski, M.D., Ph.D.
Pamela Johnson, M.D.
Elizabeth Min Hui Kim, M.D.
Mary Ann Kosir M.D.  

Gastrointestinal Cancers 
Steve Kim, M.D. FACS 
Donald Weaver, M.D. 

Gynecologic Cancers  
Gunter Deppe, M.D.
Robert Morris, M.D.
Leigh Ann Solomon, M.D.

Head & Neck Cancers
John Jacobs, M.D. 
Ho-Sheng Lin, M.D. 
Robert Mathog , M.D.
Mahdi Shkoukani, M.D. 
George Yoo, M.D. 

Neurologic Cancers  
Murali Guthikonda, M.D. 
Mark Hornyak, M.D. 
Nicholas Szerlip, M.D. 

Rahul Vaidya, M.D. 

Thoracic Cancers 
Frank Baciewicz Jr., M.D. 
Mohammed Jahania, M.D. 

Urological Cancers  
Michael Cher, M.D.
Nivedita Dhar, M.D.
Steven Lucas, M.D.
Edson Pontes, M.D.
Isaac Powell, M.D.
Jeffrey Triest, M.D. 

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The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center is accredited by The Joint Commission.
If members of the public have any quality-of-care or safety concerns, they may notify The Joint Commission at 630-792-5800.