OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center

Alton, Illinois

Surgical Oncology Services

DrLoethenDrPiephoff.jpg Often, surgery is the first treatment for tumors which are located in a specific part of the body. Once tissue is diagnosed as cancerous, surgery may be used to remove the tumor, or cancerous portion of tissue, from the body.

A segment of the surrounding healthy tissue is also removed to aid in the ultimate goal, which is complete removal of the cancer.

Exploratory surgeries, or biopsies, are often used as a means for diagnosing cancer.

Surgery is performed by surgeons on the medical staff of OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center.