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Cancer Surgery

Progressive, skilled surgeries to treat cancer

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At Bryan, board certified, skilled surgeons offer innovative surgical procedures as an effective way to treat your cancer. Our surgical teams work with precision to remove your cancer using the latest technology. Surgery may be used as a sole treatment, or in combination with other treatment therapies.

Surgeries we Provide

Lung Cancer Surgery

You'll receive highly skilled care and the most advanced surgical procedures from Bryan Heart cardiothoracic surgeons, who are at the forefront of lung cancer care introducing proven treatment advances to our region and our patients.

With a focus on you, our cardiovascular surgeons will visit with you about all your surgical options and the approach that will provide the best outcome for you. Advanced surgical options for diagnosis and treatment include VATS (video-assisted thorascopic surgery) and radiotracer guided lung biopsy.

Our Bryan Heart team of cardiothoracic surgeons, advanced nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and Bryan Medical Center nurses and staff are highly skilled in providing the expert care you need to diagnose, and if needed, surgically treat your lung cancer.

Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)

Bryan Heart cardiothoracic surgeons offer expertise in this advanced procedure to remove the cancer nodule or tumor. The technology views the inside of the chest cavity without having to make a long incision. A tiny camera and surgical instruments are inserted through several small incisions. Benefits to this procedure include less pain and a faster recovery time.

Radiotracer Guided Lung Biopsy

To diagnose lung cancer in its earliest stages, when it is even too small for a traditional needle biopsy, Bryan Heart cardiothoracic surgeons work with our interventional radiologists to perform a radiotracer guided lung biopsy. This highly advanced technology offers the earliest possible detection of lung cancer. If cancer is found, it can be removed immediately.

Breast Cancer Surgery


The removal of all of the breast tissue.


This is also known as breast-conserving surgery. It involves the removal of only the tumor and a small amount of surrounding tissue.

Lymph Node Removal

This is also known as axillary lymph node dissection. This involves the removal of your lymph nodes, and can take place during lumpectomy and mastectomy if the biopsy shows that breast cancer has spread outside the milk duct. Some people qualify for this less-invasive surgery.

Breast Reconstruction

The rebuilding of your breast after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. Reconstruction can take place at the same time as cancer-removing surgery, or months to years later. Some women decide not to have reconstruction or opt for a prosthesis.

Prostate Cancer Surgery

Radical Prostatectomy

A radical prostatectomy can be done in one of the following ways, depending on your situation:

  • A traditional abdominal incision
  • Laparoscopic surgery, which is less invasive and involves three small incisions in the abdomen
  • Robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery

Colorectal and Rectal Cancer Surgery

Colorectal Cancer Surgery

Surgery is the most common treatment for all stages of colorectal cancer.

Rectal Cancer Surgery

Transanal Resection
A minimally invasive surgery to cut out a small rectal tumor and some of the surrounding tissue. This surgery is done without making an opening in the abdomen. A colonoscope may be used if the tumor is located farther up the anal canal.

Low Anterior Resection
This is a common treatment for rectal cancer that is located well above the anus. The part of the rectum containing the tumor is removed without affecting the anus. The colon is then attached to the remaining part of the rectum so that after the surgery, you continue to use the restroom in your usual manner.

Proctectomy with Colo-Anal Anastomosis
Some rectal cancers in the middle and lower part of the rectum require removing the entire rectum. The colon is then connected to the anus. Abdominoperineal resection (APR)Some rectal tumors nearest to the anus require removal of the anus and tissue around it. A permanent colostomy is necessary.

Colon Cancer Surgery

Minimally Invasive daVinci Xi Surgery Allows Charles, A Patient with Colon Cancer Faster Recovery

If the cancer is found at a very early stage, your doctor may remove it using a minimally invasive procedure called a local excision. If the cancer is found in a polyp (a growth in the intestine), this procedure is called a polypectomy.

If the mass is larger, the surgeon will remove a part of the colon with the cancer and nearby healthy tissue. Lymph nodes near the colon are also removed and examined under a microscope to see whether they contain cancer. Sometimes, a colostomy, an opening on the outside of the abdomen for stool to pass through is necessary after surgery. It may be temporary or permanent.

The surgery may be done through a large incision in the abdomen or the colon cancer may be removed using a laparoscope which is a thin lighted tube with a small video camera on the end.  


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