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Surgery is most often the go-to primary treatment for cancer – the most effective way to address a cancer diagnosis as completely and assertively as possible. Surgery may also be used to take a sampling from the body in order to diagnose a potential cancer.

Ultimately, an oncologist may decide that surgery is the only treatment that is required – that removing a tumor completely eliminates the cancer and nothing else needs to be done. In other cases, surgery may be the first step in cancer treatment, with additional treatment including chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy, or a combination of several treatments.

Your doctor will work with you to determine if surgery is right for you and if treatments following surgery are the best choice.

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