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A cancer diagnosis is never good news. However, there are some types of cancer where surgical extraction of the offending tumor can be an important aspect of the treatment process. This could also be performed in conjunction with chemotherapy that is administered by your oncologist.

This might be needed to remove an entire tumor from one area of the body or to remove a portion of a tumor that is located on or near a vital organ. This might also have the net effect of relieving pressure or pain in the area.

Dr. Tomas Birriel and his team of surgical specialists will likely start the extraction process with blood tests, X-rays, or an electrocardiogram. It’s important to follow all the instructions regarding food and drink before and after the procedure.

Dr. Birriel will take every measure available to ensure you are fully comfortable under anesthesia before starting the procedure to remove the tumor. Surrounding healthy tissues, like lymph nodes, may also need to be biopsied or excised to ensure the cancer has not spread.

Dr. Birriel will provide you with specific postoperative instructions to help you heal properly and improve your comfort during recovery. You may have a follow-up appointment in a few weeks to monitor your recovery or remove any stitches.

If you have any questions regarding cancer surgery, you can always call 985-384-7173 to speak with a member of Dr. Birriel’s staff at his Morgan City, Louisiana, clinic.