Surgical Oncology

Surgical oncology is a branch of surgery that focuses on surgical methods for cancer management. Herein your surgeon evaluates, diagnose, and analyses the stage of cancer and effectively treats and manages cancer-related symptoms surgically.

The Department of Surgical Oncology at Aster International Institute of Oncology offers a wide range of world-class outpatient and inpatient services which includes diagnostic screenings for cancer treatment and follow-up care for patients.  This specialized division identifies the cause and the grade of cancer and provides personalized care to all patients suffering from malignant and benign tumours and other cancer-related symptoms. 

Our surgical oncologists work as a part of a multidisciplinary team, that works closely with other specialists like radiologists, pathologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, Nuclear medicine, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, cancer care nurses, psychologists, nutritionists and physiotherapists to provide best outcomes for our patients and anticipate and manage any side effects of the surgery. 

Right from the first step to the last, the department offers a holistic approach to cancer management and takes care of all the aspects of cancer treatment including screening & prevention, early diagnosis, staging, local and systemic treatment, reconstruction, follow-up and rehabilitation and palliative care.


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Cancer Care Facilities
  • Pain and Palliative Care Diet
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychological
  • Genetic Counselling Clinic For Lifestyle Against Cancer Recurrence Full-fledged Ayurveda Department.
Surgical Techniques
  • Da Vinci Robotic
  • Surgeries Minimal invasive surgeries
  • HIPEC surgeries
  • Organ preservation surgeries.


Want to find out more about the treatment? The answer to your questions can be found below.

What is Surgical Oncology?

Surgical oncology is a treatment method where your oncologist will make use of surgery to treat cancer. This type of treatment method also involves the application of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, hormone therapy, bone marrow transplant, immunotherapy, targeted drug therapy and more. In surgical oncology, your oncologist will perform the following procedures -

  • Performs biopsy to diagnose and determine the stage and type of cancer.
  • Surgically removes the tumour or a part of it along with other affected body parts.
  • Reconstructs the parts that are affected by the surgical treatment.

What is the difference between medical oncology and radiation oncology?

Medical oncologists treat cancer using chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biological therapy, and targeted therapy whereas radiation oncologists use radiation therapy to treat cancer.

What is the difference between surgical oncology and medical oncology?

Medical oncology makes use of medicines to treat cancer, whereas surgical oncology uses surgical procedures to restrict and remove cancer growth.

What are the different types of cancer that can be treated through surgical oncology?

As surgical oncology is the first line of treatment, it can be used to treat most types of cancers including breast cancer, colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, head and neck cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, etc.

What types of cancers can be treated using surgical oncology?

Surgical oncology is used to treat most types of cancers including -

  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Cancer of the head and neck
  • Lung cancer
  • Ovarian cancer.

How many types of procedures are performed under surgical oncology?

Depending on the objective of the treatment, various types of procedures are performed In surgical oncology. These include -

  • Diagnostic surgery - This type of surgery generally involves cutting out a small area of the tissue (incisional biopsy) or removing an entire mass (excisional biopsy).to determine whether the tumour is benign or not.
  • Preventive surgery - This type of surgery is performed to prevent the cancer risk and during this surgery, any risk factors that may lead to cancer are detected and removed.
  • Staging Surgery - It is a procedure that is performed to check the stage of cancer.
  • Curative surgery - Once cancer has been detected and its stage has been determined, curative surgery is performed to remove the cancer cells and other body tissues that may be affected by the cancer cells.
  • Reconstructive surgery - This surgery is performed to restore and reconstruct the affected body part.
  • Palliative surgery - Even though this surgery may not treat cancer, but it provides relief from the symptoms of cancer. With palliative surgery, your doctor will remove the pain-causing tumours in your body.

How can you differentiate between surgical oncology and general surgery?

A general surgery cannot handle the complicated and specialized cases of cancer while a surgical oncologist is trained to perform surgical procedures and techniques to treat cancer.

How effective is surgical oncology in treating cancer?

The effectiveness of the cancer treatment is dependent on its stage. Therefore, every doctor recommends early diagnosis of cancer as it ensures that cancer cells and affected tissues are removed effectively and timely care is provided.

What are the risks in surgical oncology?

There are several risks in surgical oncology. These include -

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Delayed healing of the wound.


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