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Surgery is the oldest type of treatment for cancer, but that doesn't mean our methods are outdated. We use the latest minimally invasive techniques for cancer surgery whenever possible.


What Is Cancer Surgery?

In some cases, we use surgery to remove cancer, especially when it's found in just one part of the body. But sometimes surgery is a tool to diagnose cancer or to find out how far cancer has spread.

Cancer surgery is sometimes used alone. But we often combine it with radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy or another form of treatment.

Why Choose Luminis Health for Cancer Surgery?

You're in expert hands here at Luminis Health. Our cancer surgeons perform thousands of successful procedures to find and remove cancer. We offer:

  • A highly trained staff. Our surgeons take part in research and clinical trials to stay at the forefront of cancer care. They're members of several national surgical societies, including the Society of Surgical Oncology.

  • The right surgery for your condition. Our surgeons are well-versed in traditional open surgery, as well as minimally invasive methods like laparoscopy. We're experts at determining what works best for your individual case.

  • Robotic-assisted surgery. The da Vinci Robotic surgical system allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures that result in quicker healing.


Why do we use the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System?

Luminis Health was the first in Maryland to use the da Vinci Robotic surgical system. To be clear: A robot doesn't perform the surgery. Rather, this revolutionary method allows us to perform precise surgery by using instruments we guide through a console.

It's minimally invasive surgery, meaning our surgeons can perform procedures through tiny incisions. The miniature instruments move like the human hand, but with greater range of motion.

The advantages of the da Vinci Robotic surgical system include:

  • A shorter hospital stay.

  • Less pain.

  • Less blood loss.

  • Lower risk of infection.

  • Less scarring.

What to Expect When You Have Cancer Surgery

No one wants to have cancer surgery, but we make your experience as stress-free and painless as possible. The type of cancer you have and its exact location often dictates your prep, surgery and recovery. But, in general, you:

Your surgeon is just one part of your treatment team. You see a variety of other specialists — radiologists, nurses, therapists, social workers and nutritionists — before your surgery.

Before surgery, you might have blood and urine tests, x-rays, an EKG or other tests and scans. These tests let us see if other parts of your body are working well enough for surgery.

You'll have to stop eating and drinking at a certain time before the operation. Depending on the surgery, you might need to take a laxative to empty your bowels.

Getting out of bed and moving helps restore your circulation after anesthesia. It jump-starts your digestive tract and helps prevent blood clots, too.