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Surgical Oncology

The Terror of Cancer vs. the Skill of Saint Agnes. It’s Not a Fair Fight.

When you have cancer, you want it gone. So you need to attack it with every weapon available. When cancer surgery is indicated, you need a surgical oncology team that empowers world-class cancer surgeons with the most advanced surgical technologies, chemotherapy, radiation, and support services. You want Saint Agnes Surgical Oncology.


The Cancer Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital offers an integrated, one-of-a-kind surgical oncology cancer program, supported by convenient, onsite services such as a comprehensive chemotherapy program, state-of-the-art radiation oncology, dedicated inpatient oncology unit, oncology clinical research center, clinical nurse specialists, social workers, and spiritual care support.

Saint Agnes cancer patients are evaluated during a Saint Agnes cancer conference – attended by some of the region’s most experienced and skilled medical oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, and pathologists. Together, they review each diagnosis, discuss all options for treatment, and formulate the best plan of attack.

We invite you to explore some common types of surgery that are used in the treatment of cancer. For more information on surgical oncology, consult your physician.

Thoracic Surgical Oncology 

Continuing a strong tradition of thoracic surgical expertise and excellence, the Saint Agnes Thoracic Surgical Oncology Program provides a comprehensive outpatient and inpatient service—both diagnostic and therapeutic—for patients with surgical disease of the lung, mediastinum, pericardium, and esophagus.

Our division offers surgical management of benign and malignant diseases of the chest (thoracic). Our physicians are experts in cancer surgery for the lung, esophagus, thymus, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and other diseases of the chest. Thoracoscopic (video-assisted) thoracic surgery is performed routinely for lung and pleural biopsies and the treatment of hyperhidrosis.


Our experts are skilled in all areas of abdominal cancer surgery including HIPEC, pancreatic surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, colorectal surgery and others. Our cancer surgeons are dedicated to removing colorectal tumors in the most effective way possible while remaining committed to providing our patients the best quality of life possible after surgery. Surgery as treatment for cancer can seem overwhelming but the staff at Saint Agnes Hospital are committed to making the process as minimally invasive yet effective as possible.

HIPEC stands for Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy. This complex procedure is utilized when cancer has spread, typically from the appendix to the surfaces of organs in the abdomen. This procedure requires that the patient’s abdomen be opened and a heated, chemotherapy solution poured directly onto the affected organs. Saint Agnes Hospital is one of the few hospitals in Maryland to perform this procedure.

Pancreatic procedures are performed by our pancreatic cancer surgeons who trained in advanced pancreatic surgery at the best institutions in the United States (Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, UCLA). These operations included minimally invasive (laparoscopic) distal pancreatomy for benign or malignant masses or cysts in the tail of the pancreas, the Whipple procedure for masses or cysts in the head of the pancreas, and a variety of operations performed for pancreatitis. In the Whipple procedure – also called pancreaticoduodenectomy – parts of the pancreas, stomach, gall bladder, intestine, and bile duct may be removed. All pancreatic surgery patients are treated in a multidisciplinary setting. Learn more about pancreatic diseases.

Hepatobiliary surgery is surgery of the liver and bile ducts. It is highly specialized surgery and is performed by our hepatobiliary cancer surgeons who work closely with our colorectal cancer surgeons, oncologists, gastroenterologists, and interventional radiologists in a multidisciplinary forum. Liver and biliary operations include removal (resection) of part of the liver or biliary ducts as well as ablation of liver masses. Learn more about hepatobiliary diseases.

Resection - For this procedure, your surgeon removes a portion of your colon and reattaches the remaining, healthy tissue. This is possible only when the cancer is caught early enough.
Colostomy - This procedure is done when there’s not enough healthy tissue left in the colon, or when the healthy tissue can’t be saved. For this, your surgeon connects the remaining portion of your colon to the wall of your abdomen, allowing waste to exit through a permanent tube. Learn more about colorectal diseases.


For more information on treatment options or any information regarding Cancer Institute at Saint Agnes Hospital, please contact us at

For more information please visit the following:
The American Cancer Society
The National Cancer Institute

To find a Surgical Oncologist please click here
or call 1-866-690-9355.


We’re the only cancer center in Baltimore to have received three-year accreditation from the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) and Outstanding Achievement from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.


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