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Cancer surgery at Berkshire Medical Center is a pivotal step in your journey towards recovery, aiming to eliminate cancer and enhance your overall well-being. Understanding the process and various techniques can help alleviate any concerns you may have. Our medical staff is here to support you every step of the way, consult with your provider over any concerns or questions you may have.

Types of Cancer Surgery
  • Surgical Biopsies: A biopsy is the main way to diagnose many types of cancer. There are different kinds of biopsies. During a surgical biopsy, your doctor will make a small cut to remove some tissue. They may take a small sample or the entire tumor. Other types of biopsies, including fine needle aspiration and image-guided biopsies, use needles instead of surgery.
  • Staging Surgery: Surgeons do staging surgery to learn how large a tumor is, if it has spread, and if so, where.
  • Tumor Removal: Removing a tumor is a common type of cancer surgery. This may also be called a resection or excision. Your doctor usually takes out the tumor and some of the healthy tissue near it.
  • Debulking Surgery: Debulking surgery removes part, but not all, of a tumor. This surgery is done when the entire tumor cannot be removed.
  • Palliative Surgery: The goal of palliative surgery is to relieve side effects caused by cancer and improve your quality of life.
  • Reconstructive Surgery:  Reconstructive surgery can help with the effects of cancer treatment. Reconstructive surgery may be done at the same time the tumor is removed or after you have healed or had other treatments.
  • Preventative Surgery: Prevention surgery can be used to lower the risk of getting cancer.
Surgical Techniques

Precisions Cancer Removal

  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Laser surgery
  • Cryosurgery
  • Laser surgery
  • Mohs surgery
  • Endoscopy

Care personalized for you

At Berkshire Medical Center, our mission is to provide compassionate care while upholding the highest standards of safety and innovation. We strive to ensure your journey through cancer surgery is marked by positivity, support, and successful outcomes. If you have any concerns, our dedicated healthcare team is here to guide you every step of the way.

Your Care Team

Care providers embody unwavering dedication, committed to supporting you through every aspect of your journey. Their passion is reflected in personalized, compassionate care, ensuring you feel empowered, informed, and surrounded by a team that truly cares about your well-being.

Christian Galvez-Padilla, MD
  • Christian Galvez-Padilla, MD

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