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Deciding On Surgery For Cancer Treatment

Aug 7th 2014 at 5:41 AM

A diagnosis of cancer can send anyone into a tailspin. Suddenly, your whole life is flipped upside down and the only thing in your immediate future is figuring out what best to do in terms of your treatment. There are decisions to be made and they need to be made quickly if the treatment you choose has the best chances for success. The doctors who work with cancer patients are charged with assessing the type of cancer that they’re dealing with and offering suggestions for treatment. It is then up to the patient to look at all the information at hand - the information and suggestions - provided to them by their team of medical professionals. With so much to review, it can be challenging and very scary to determine which way to go in terms of treatment.

Surgery may be something that is brought up as a part of a treatment plan and deciding whether or not to pursue such a treatment can be overwhelming. Sure, surgery may be absolutely necessary to address the cancer at hand; but that doesn’t make the prospect any less frightening. So what do you look for when it comes to making a decision regarding surgery?

· Undergoing surgery should be a last resort; something that is necessary to tackle the cancer. There are so many alternatives to surgery available today; new treatments that allow patients to address their disease without having to go under the knife. The most minimally invasive procedures should always be the goal. Talk to your doctors about what - if any - alternatives are available to surgery and if they are worth considering.

· In many cases, surgery is the first step in cancer treatment. Following surgery, is often a round of chemotherapy and/or radiation. Make sure you have the whole treatment picture before making any decision. What are the first steps? And what follows? How does your medical team plan to proceed?

· What can you expect in terms of preparation for surgery, the surgery itself, and your recovery time? It’s important to be prepared so you can plan accordingly, especially for help from family and friends following a procedure.

Education is absolutely everything when it comes to deciding how to proceed with cancer treatment. Gather all the information you can from your doctors and make decisions together as a team.

About the author:

North Texas Cancer Center County is located off HWY 51 in front of the Wise Regional Hospital in Decatur, TX. Our center offers a full line of treatment options for patients who want complete quality care including, but not limited to, on-site IMRT Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy. Like all of our other centers, we have created a patient friendly atmosphere within the clinic and have staffed our clinic with experienced and qualified medical professionals. Our board certified radiation oncologist. Dr. Greg Garrett lives and practices in Decatur with his 30 years of experience and frequently consults with Dr. Gregory Echt. The North Texas Cancer Center of Wise also offers ample and convenient free parking to all of our patients and family members. To get more information you can visit our site

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