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Surgery offers the greatest chance for cure for many kinds of cancer, especially those that have not spread to other parts of the body. Most people with cancer will have some kind of surgery. Compared to invasive procedures of the past, advanced surgical techniques often reduce the size of the incision, recovery time and the pain associated with both surgery and healing.
At the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center, a team of physicians specializing in different aspects of cancer treatment develops a comprehensive treatment plan for each patient. Whether you are a candidate for surgery or not depends on factors such as the type, size, location, grade and stage of your cancer, as well as general health factors, including your age, physical fitness and any other coexisting medical conditions you may have. For most patients, surgery is combined with other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, to help prevent the cancer from growing, spreading or recurring. Other specialists on your care team, such as dietitians and rehabilitation therapists, help to manage any side effects from your surgery and encourage healing.
Our surgeons and surgical oncologists are highly skilled, with special interests in many of the latest surgical techniques and treatments in cancer care.
Dr. Cheung is the region's only orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in musculoskeletal oncology. As an orthopedic oncologist, he provides specialized care for patients with cancerous and non-cancerous tumors in their bones and muscles, and offers limb-sparing reconstructions and bone transplant procedures to patients who otherwise may have been treated with amputations. Dr. Cheung completed his musculoskeletal oncology fellowship at Harvard Medical School and his orthopedic residency at West Virginia University. He earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Dr. Douglas is the only fellowship-trained surgical oncologist in the Tri-State, and he is one of only about 10 surgeons in the country with fellowship training both in general surgical oncology and surgical head and neck oncology. Dr. Douglas is well trained in minimally invasive surgical techniques, including the daVinci® Surgical System. He has a special interest in colorectal cancer as well as cancers of the larynx, oral cavity, mouth, tongue, sinuses and thyroid gland. After earning his medical degree at the University of Florida, he completed his residency at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta and his fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.
Dr. Jensen specializes in urologic oncology. He is among the country's most experienced robotic surgeons and has performed more than 1,200 robotic kidney, bladder and prostate procedures in his career. Using the minimally invasive daVinci® Surgical System, Dr. Jensen is better able to identify and avoid muscles and nerves that control sexual function and urination, greatly reducing the risk of impotence and incontinence. He earned his medical degree at Pritzker School of Medicine in Chicago and his residency at UCLA Medical Center. He completed fellowships at the National Cancer Institute and the University of Utah Medical Center.
Dr. Julien is a neurosurgeon who specializes in neuro-oncology, the treatment of tumors of the brain and spine, degenerative diseases of the spine and complex spine disorders. He earned his medical degree at Howard University College of Medicine and completed a clinical fellowship in neurosurgery at New York University Medical Center, a post-graduate clinical fellowship in neurosurgery in the Neuro-Oncology Program at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and a post-graduate research fellowship in neurosurgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Gerard Oakley is a gynecologic oncologist, a physician who has completed a fellowship in the care of women with cancer of the reproductive system. Dr. Oakley provides the latest in diagnostic and treatment services for women with possible pre-cancer or cancers of the reproductive tract. The most common of these cancers involve the uterus, ovaries and cervix, although any part of the female reproductive tract may be involved. He is trained in using the da Vinci® surgical system for gynecologic procedures, such as hysterectomies and surgeries for endometriosis, fibroid tumors and pelvic prolapse.
Dr. Jack Traylor is a highly experienced breast surgeon with Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, and he is the only university-affiliated breast surgeon in the area. Thousands of women across the region are breast cancer survivors because of the knowledge and experience that has grown from Dr. Traylor's 30 + years in practice. He earned his medical degree at West Virginia University.
- Page last updated: Apr 22, 2014