Department of Surgery: Cancer Surgery

Surgery plays an important role in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. In many cases, surgical operations and procedures offer the greatest chance for a cure while greatly improving quality of life by relieving symptoms. Cancer surgery encompasses a wide range of treatment options to remove tumors that are malignant (cancerous)–from traditional open surgical operations to minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy and endoscopy to progressive methods using video and robotic technology.

Surgeons at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) are experts in all of these types of surgery, for most every cancer. Our surgeons and surgical oncologists are faculty members at Harvard Medical School and have years of advanced training, clinical experience and involvement in scientific research in their cancer specialties. They are the surgical team for Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, a collaboration that unites specialists from our top-ranked hospital and experts from one of the world’s leading cancer institutes.

Working together as one singularly-focused team, we offer proven cancer treatments that save lives. From diagnosis to treatment, our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses and other healthcare professionals work collaboratively with patients and families.

Cancer surgery services are available at multiple locations in and around Boston.

We specialize in treatment for the following types of cancer:


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