Cancer Care in General Surgery
Cancer surgeons in the Section of General Surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine treat patients with a variety of cancers, including those with cancers considered advanced or untreatable at other institutions. Our surgical oncologists are recognized experts in the treatment of a wide range of tumors, including:
- Breast cancer
- Colon cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)
- Liver and bile duct cancer
- Pancreas cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Stomach cancer
A multidisciplinary team of surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists designs treatment plans for each patient. With our colleagues in medical oncology and radiation oncology, we offer new treatments that are not available at other medical centers for many cancers, including cancers of the esophagus, pancreas, colon, liver/bilary tract, skin, and breast.
Major cancer operations -- such as liver resection, colectomy (colon resection), esophagectomy (esophageal resection), and the Whipple procedure -- are routinely performed at our hospital safely, even in patients considered at high risk. While cure is our primary objective, improving quality of life by preserving normal function is vital to our mission. We apply minimally invasive approaches when appropriate to treat even the most difficult cancers.
Our team of experts is among the best in the country. The University of Chicago Medicine's cancer program is top-ranked in Illinois and among the highest ranked in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report.
We treat a large number of patients with cancer every year. This vast experience means our physicians often have better outcomes for surgical procedures, especially the most complex operations to remove cancers.