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Surgical Oncology

Surgery is the oldest form of cancer treatment, and it is still a widely used option. Surgery can be used to diagnose cancer, remove a cancerous tumor, keep cancer from occurring, determine the extent of cancer, or reconstruct part of the body’s appearance following cancer treatment. For many types of cancer, surgery offers the greatest chance of a cure. Most people with cancer will have some type of surgery, and many patients will also receive other treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.

Long gone are the days when cancer surgery automatically meant an “open” procedure with serious risks and long recovery times. Advances in surgical practices have led to new techniques that make surgery safer, more successful and a viable option for more people and conditions than ever before.

In addition to the general surgical options for cancer treatment at Vidant Health hospitals, we also offer the following cutting-edge services:

Minimally invasive surgery uses computer imaging and special instruments (like an endoscope) to treat cancer with a much smaller impact on the patient. Advantages of this technique include decreased blood loss, shorter hospital stays, less pain, reduced scarring and a quicker recovery.

Robotic surgery allows the doctor to use one or more robotic arms to hold scopes and other surgical instruments. This results in a better view of the treatment area and the ability to fit tools into very small incisions. In addition to advantages like reduced blood loss, decreased pain and faster healing, robotic surgery also helps to cut down on physician fatigue during long or complicated surgeries.

Ablation cancer treatments use extreme heat or cold to destroy cancerous tumors using special probes to deliver treatment directly to the tumor. The surgeon uses precise computer imaging to guide the probes and monitor the treatment process. Many ablation procedures are done in an outpatient setting. There is usually minimal or no pain involved, recovery time is much shorter than with traditional surgery and treatment can often be repeated if necessary.

Reconstruction surgery is generally used as a complement to the removal of all or part of a breast due to cancer. With improved techniques and implant devices, there are now many successful breast reconstruction options, depending on your body shape, current medical condition and cancer treatment needs. If you are considering breast reconstruction surgery, your doctor can explain all the options and help you make a decision.

Always close to home.

A variety of surgical cancer treatments is available at the following Vidant Health locations:

  • Vidant Beaufort Hospital
  • Vidant Chowan Hospital
  • Vidant Edgecombe Hospital
  • Vidant Medical Center
  • Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital
  • The Outer Banks Hospital


No matter where you’re having cancer surgery throughout the Vidant Health system, rest assured that you’re in good hands. We work closely with you and your family to be sure that all your questions are answered and your concerns are addressed. Our surgeons are well-qualified and trained in the latest procedures and techniques. And our nurses, technicians and other members of your care team are some of the best around. They all have one goal: making sure that you get the best care possible.