Oncology / Cancer Care

The Division of Surgical Oncology at Verity Medical Foundation provides expert surgical treatment of a variety of cancers in a multidisciplinary setting. Our surgeons are highly experienced in the management of:

Colorectal Cancer

Develops in the colon and/or the rectum. Some symptoms are:

  • A change in bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days
  • A feeling that you need to have a bowel movement that is not relieved by doing so
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Dark stools, or blood in the stool
  • Cramping or abdominal pain
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Unintended weight loss

Gastric Cancer

Gastric Cancer forms in the tissue lining the stomach and is also called stomach cancer. Some symptoms are:

  • Fatigue
  • Feeling bloated after eating
  • Feeling full after eating small amounts of food
  • Severe, persistent heartburn
  • Severe indigestion that is always present
  • Unexplained, persistent nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Unintentional weight loss

Pancreatic Cancer

Signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer often don’t occur until the disease is advanced. They may include:

  • Pain in the upper abdomen that radiates to your back
  • Loss of appetite or unintended weight lossDepression
  • New-onset diabetes
  • Blood clots
  • Fatigue
  • Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)

Gastrointestinal stromal and neuroendocrine tumors

Neuroendocrine tumors are abnormal growths that begin in specialized cells called neuroendocrine cells that have traits similar to nerve cells and to hormone-producing cells. Neuroendocrine tumors are rare and can occur anywhere in the body. Most neuroendocrine tumors occur in the lungs, appendix, small intestine, rectum and pancreas. Neuroendocrine tumors can be noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant). Diagnosis and treatment of neuroendocrine tumors depend on the type of tumor, its location, whether it produces excess hormones, how aggressive it is and whether it has spread to other parts of the body.

Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and is highly treatable due to the advances in research and awareness. Some signs to look for are:

  • A breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue
  • Change in the size, shape or appearance of a breast
  • Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling
  • A newly inverted nipple
  • Peeling, scaling, crusting or flaking of the pigmented area of skin surrounding the nipple (areola) or breast skin
  • Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange

Soft Tissue Sarcoma and Skin Cancers

Soft Tissue Sarcoma is a cancer that begins in the muscle, fat, fibrous tissue, blood vessels, or other supporting tissue of the body. Some symptoms may include:

  • A noticeable lump or swelling
  • Pain, if a tumor presses on nerves or muscles

Skin Cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells mainly from overexposure to sun. There are many different types of skin cancers but the three most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. If you notice any unusual growths or changes in moles, an appointment for a screening is highly recommended.

Peritoneal Surface Malignancies

Your abdomen is lined with a membrane called the peritoneum. Peritoneal surface malignancy or peritoneal carcinomatosis type of tumor that spreads through the abdominal cavity and may or may not also involve solid organs such as the liver, spleen and lymph nodes. Symptoms can include:

  • Sharp or chronic pain in the abdomen
  • An increase in the girth of your abdomen, swelling or bloating
  • Increase in body weight
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting after eating
  • Change in bowel movement, recurrent diarrhea or constipation

People with a family history of these diseases or who have certain other risk factors should talk with their doctor about beginning screening at a younger age. Several different tests can be used to screen for colorectal cancer. Talk with your doctor to find out which tests might be right for you.

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