Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be a moment of personal crisis.
Look to UC San Diego Health surgeons to walk side by side with you, fighting your cancer with the latest technologies, advanced surgical techniques, and skillful multidisciplinary teams.
When Surgery May Be Recommended
Your doctor may recommend surgery to:
- Remove your cancer
- Treat symptoms associated with your disease
- Prevent cancer from developing if you are at high risk for certain cancers
- Diagnose or stage your cancer
- Restore appearance or function following cancer treatment
Advanced Surgical Techniques
Our surgical oncologists use a full spectrum of advanced surgical techniques, including robotic technology, combined therapies, scarless surgery techniques and other minimally invasive procedures to aggressively fight cancer. Expect your UC San Diego Health surgeon to use minimally invasive techniques, when possible, to shorten your hospital stay, and help you recover faster with less pain.
We are the only health system in San Diego performing robotically assisted minimally invasive colon and rectal surgery. And, we are internationally recognized for our HIPEC treatments and surgery to remove gastrointestinal stromal tumors, also called GISTs. These are a few examples of the advanced surgical care offered at UC San Diego Health.
Surgical Oncologists A team approach to your care
Your cancer surgeon is part of a multidisciplinary team that may include medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, genetic counselors, oncology nurses and social workers to provide truly comprehensive care. Your surgeon is specially trained and focused on specific procedures and diseases to provide you with the highest level of care. Find a surgical oncologist.
Cancer Treatment Programs
San Diego's Best Cancer Care
At UC San Diego Health, you find cancer specialists who are experienced and skilled in treating all types of cancer.
Patient & Family Supportive Services
At UC San Diego Health, your care goes beyond treating disease. It also includes supporting you and your loved ones emotionally during your cancer journey. Most of our support services are free.