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Cancer Surgery at Rex Cancer Center in Raleigh

Surgery has a key role in diagnosing and treating cancer. At Rex, we can conduct less invasive operations to remove tumors and save as much normal tissue and function as possible.

Surgery at Rex offers the greatest chance to cure many types of cancer, especially those that have not spread to other parts of the body. Most people with cancer will have some type of surgery. During diagnostic surgery, a tissue sample is collected to tell whether or not cancer is present or what type of cancer it is.

Rex Cancer Center's surgical oncology program is led by medical director Yale D. Podnos, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., the only fellowship trained surgical oncologist in Wake County specializing in cutaneous, gastrointestinal and hepatopancreatic oncology. Dr. Podnos leads a team of surgeons specializing in surgical oncology, including several from Rex Surgical Specialists, as well as a surgical oncology clinic located in the Rex Cancer Specialty Center. The surgical oncology clinic gives Dr. Podnos and Dr. Eddleman's patients the convenience of meeting with their surgeon in the same location as where they receive their cancer treatment.

In addition, Rex Thoracic Specialists, located in the Rex Medical Office Building, offers expert care and convenience for lung and thoracic cancer patients. Led by thoracic surgeon Alden M. Parsons, M.D. and in partnership with Richard M. Gillespie, M.D., lung cancer patients are treated by a comprehensive team that includes these specialized surgeons, pulmonologists with Rex Pulmonary Specialists, radiologists and oncologists.

Robotic surgery is also an option for patients. Robotic surgery is a less invasive surgical option to treat gynecologic cancers and prostate cancer. Hysterectomies, prostatectomies and myomectomies are done using the daVinci® Surgical System.

Our surgeons work together with the rest of the team at Rex Cancer Center to provide a comprehensive treatment plan, access to resources, convenience and the compassionate care you expect from Rex.