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Surgery

Miami Cancer Institute’s highly skilled surgical oncologists deliver the most advanced cancer treatments using the latest technology and innovative, minimally invasive techniques. 

Our surgeons are top in their fields. They have extensive training and experience in removing common tumors as well as complicated growths. As a key component of our multidisciplinary cancer team, our surgeons work closely with medical and radiation oncology specialists to plan and provide the most effective treatment strategy for each patient.

Curative surgery – surgery to remove a tumor – is the first course of treatment for many cancers and often provides the best chance for a cure, especially if the cancer has not spread. Surgery may be your only treatment, or it may be combined with other modalities such as radiation therapy or chemotherapy.

The goal of curative surgery is to remove the entire tumor, or as much as possible. Other cancer treatment surgery types include:

  • Diagnostic surgery may be used to help diagnose cancer through biopsy or determine the stage or extent of the disease. 
  • Preventive surgery may be performed to remove body tissue that is likely to become cancerous even though there are no signs of cancer at the time of the surgery.
  • Debulking surgery removes some, but not all, of the cancer and usually is combined with radiation, chemotherapy or other treatments.
  • Reconstructive surgery improves the way patients look after major cancer surgery or restores the function of an organ or body part after surgery.
  • Palliative surgery improves quality of life by easing pain or discomfort caused by a tumor.

Robotic Surgery

Miami Cancer Institute surgeons are experts in using the da Vinci robotic system to treat cancer.

Using tiny surgical tools, they access tumors through incisions less than an inch in length. Compared to open surgery, robotic surgery results in more precise removal of diseased tissue, less blood loss, minimal scarring, less risk of infection, a shorter hospital stay and a faster return to normal activities.

Our surgeons have pioneered techniques to improve patient outcomes. Gynecologic oncologist Ricardo Estape, M.D., was the first surgeon in the world to treat endometrial cancer with robot-assisted heated intra-pelvic chemotherapy (HIPEC). He also was the first in South Florida to perform a hysterectomy through a single tiny incision at the navel.

Thoracic surgical oncologist Mark Dylewski, M.D., trains physicians from around the world in the “Dylewski Method,” a robot-assisted treatment he developed to remove lung cancer without cutting or spreading the ribs.

Murugesan Manoharan, M.D., the Institute’s chief of Urologic Oncologic Surgery, is a renowned expert in the treatment of prostate cancer and bladder cancer and was the first urologist in the U.S. to perform robotic bladder surgery and reconstruction using an atypical surgical incision type.

During robotic surgery, your surgeon watches a monitor that projects a magnified, three-dimensional view of the area inside the body and uses controls to maneuver the system’s four robotic arms in real time. Robotic surgery helps the surgeon operate in hard-to-reach areas, and can be used to treat many cancers, including:

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