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About the Division of Surgical Oncology

  • The Division of Surgical Oncology at Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment for adult patients in outpatient and inpatient settings.

    Our board certified surgical oncologists perform 3,000 inpatient procedures per year and see patients for an additional 4,000 outpatient visits in the gastrointestinal cancer, sarcoma, and breast cancer treatment programs.

    Our services

    For a patient with cancer, the goal of surgery is to remove the tumor, when appropriate. When the tumor cannot be removed completely, surgery can ease pain or remove obstructions that the tumor causes.

    For some patients, surgery is the only form of treatment. For others, we may recommend surgery in combination with radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

    We specialize in surgical procedures for patients with the following diseases:

    • Benign and malignant disorders of the breast
    • Gastrointestinal tumors, including colon, rectal, biliary, liver, and pancreatic cancer
    • Sarcomas
    • Melanomas and other skin lesions