Keck Department of Surgery offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary program in cancer treatment with specialized expertise in complex surgeries and state of the art minimally invasive surgical procedures. Patients may be seen jointly by cancer physicians with expertise in surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology. A tailored treatment plan optimized to the patient’s cancer is then developed. Our areas of expertise include esophageal, colorectal, liver, pancreas, lung and breast cancer. We also offer a comprehensive program in reconstructive surgery for patients undergoing extensive surgery.
A certified oncology nurse navigates the patient through the treatment process and works with the patient and referring physician’s office to facilitate communication and collection of the necessary medical records and imaging studies. The nurse will coordinate scheduling appointments with our team of doctors, eliminating the need for referring physicians to determine which specialists the patient should see. We provide a single patient entry point for cancer treatment at USC.
The USC Department of Surgery Cancer Program is dedicated to work closely with the referring physicians, medical groups and, IPA’s providing seamless transitions in care across the continuum of care providing feedback on the patients’ treatment and post-surgical care to avoid duplicate testing and reduce hospital costs. This facilitates the patients’ return to the provider network as soon as it is safe to do so.
The Keck Department of Surgery Cancer Program offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary team approach with specialists from many different disciplines coming together to deliver personalized treatment in a patient centered environment.
Areas of Specialty
- Minimally Invasive laparoscopic, robotic, and open esophagectomy and gastrectomy
- Colorectal surgery for colon, rectal, and anal cancers
- Laparoscopic and open distal pancreatectomy, spleen preserving distal pancreatectomy, central pancreatectomy
- Laparoscopic and open liver resection
- Laparoscopic and open Whipple operation
- Minimally invasive robotic lung surgery
- Skin sparing mastectomy and oncoplastic and reconstructive breast procedures.
- Bloodless surgeries
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