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Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery)

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be a moment of personal crisis. UC San Diego surgeons walk side by side with patients, fighting cancer with the latest technologies and skillful, determined multidisciplinary teams.

Operating out of Moores Cancer Center — the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in San Diego — our surgical oncologists use robotic technology, combined therapies, scarless surgery techniques and other minimally invasive procedures to aggressively fight cancer. At UC San Diego Health, you have access to clinical trials that are redefining the surgical treatment of cancer.

As part of multidisciplinary cancer treatment units, our surgeons work closely with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, plastic/reconstructive surgeons, genetic counselors, oncology nurses and social workers to provide comprehensive care.

Diseases We Treat

For surgical treatment of other cancer types, see Moores Cancer Center Treatment Programs.

Program Highlights

  • Leading the way with HIPEC:

    In this video, Dr. Kaitlyn Kelly discusses how UC San Diego Health is exploring minimally invasive techniques for esophagectomy, gastrectomy, and HIPEC. HIPEC, or heated intraperitoneal chemoperfusion, is a procedure wherein, following surgical removal of all visible tumors, warm chemotherapy is circulated throughout abdomen to kill any remaining tumor cells. Evidence shows that cytoreductive surgery plus HIPEC for mesothelioma, appendix and colon cancer reduces recurrence, in some cases dramatically.

  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors: UC San Diego researchers are exploring whether cells with stem-cell properties and metabolic derangements can be targeted with drug therapies to cure gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST).