Experience and Technology Set Fox Chase Cancer Center
Apart When it Comes to Your Cancer Surgery

Over 1,500 Robotic Surgeries performed at Fox Chase Cancer Center - and counting

Studies show that experienced sugeons provide better surgical outcomes.

At Fox Chase, our
Fellowship-Trained surgeons have a lot of experience in robotic surgery.

We're one of a handful of institutions worldwide using robotics to treat nearly all types of cancer, including
head and neck,
uterine and cervical,
and thoracic tumors.

The Fox Chase Advantage: Not just the best technology, but the doctors who use it every day.

All Fox Chase surgeons work toward a common goal: to help each patient return to life as they knew it before cancer. With minimally invasive surgery, that goal has become a reality.

Robert Uzzo, MD Department of Surgery Chairman, Robert G. Uzzo, MD, FACS, is world-renowned for his expertise in robotic surgery for kidney cancer

Dr. Uzzo is a strong believer that the technology is only as good as the surgeons who use it. That is why his staff of specially trained surgeons has more experience using minimally invasive technology for cancer surgery than most surgeons in the country.

All Fox Chase Surgeons are Fellowship-Trained

Many of the nation's top cancer surgeons choose to practice at Fox Chase. Every Fox Chase surgeon is fellowship-trained, meaning they have up to four years of additional training focused specifically on the highly complex techniques of cancer surgery, including minimally invasive procedures.

Surgeons Use the Most Advanced Technology to Perform Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery

Fox Chase surgeons perform more minimally invasive procedures on cancer patients than any other hospital in the region, resulting in less impact on our patients.

These surgeons not only know how to use the technology, but they have more experience using it than most surgeons in the area. They treat nearly all types of cancer with minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Surgeons at Fox Chase firmly believe that to be a skilled minimally invasive surgeon, you must first be an expert in traditional, or open, surgery.

Our surgeons are more than technicians who know how to operate sophisticated tools — they are surgical oncologists who understand the nature of cancer. With this expertise, Fox Chase surgeons can best determine whether an open or minimally invasive approach will be most effective for each individual patient.

More Experienced with Complex Cases

Patients who are initially told their tumor may be inoperable elsewhere may find that a Fox Chase surgeon can do the operation successfully because they have more experience with complicated cases. Surgeons at Fox Chase work closely with radiation and medical oncologists to develop the most effective individually tailored treatment plans.


Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Preserve Healthy Tissue

  • Tiny incisions, less scarring, less bleeding, fewer complications

  • Reduce pain

  • Pinpoint accuracy

  • Lower risk of infection

  • Reduced need for more procedures

  • Shorter hospital stay, quicker return to work


Understanding the Newest Surgical Techniques

Fox Chase surgeons offer the broadest range of minimally invasive treatment options to treat patients with cancer, including robotic-assisted surgery, laparoscopic surgery, video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and transoral laser surgery. Fox Chase surgeons have more experience using this technology to treat complex cases. Often, patients who have had similar procedures at other hospitals come to Fox Chase because they were not satisfied with the results achieved.

Minimally Invasive Surgery: During minimally invasive procedures, the surgeon can reach the tumor with pinpoint accuracy and precision, which is extremely beneficial for patients.

Specially trained surgeons perform procedures using surgical tools that are placed into the patient's body through tiny incisions. Patients often experience a faster recovery, less pain, less bleeding and scarring, preserved function, and better quality of life. Some minimally invasive surgeries are:

  • Laparoscopic Surgery: The surgeon inserts a small telescope-like viewing tube (laparoscope) and surgical instruments through a "keyhole" incision near the belly button. The surgeon's hands manipulate the instruments while he or she views a magnified surgical field on a two-dimensional video monitor. Fox Chase is among the first hospitals in the nation to offer laparoscopic surgery for cancers of the liver, pancreas, bile-ducts and gallbladder.
  • da Vinci® Robotic Surgery: Robotic surgery is the "next generation" of laparoscopic surgery. A robot's arms hold the surgical tools, which the surgeon controls while seated at a console. With a three-dimensional view of the surgical field, the surgeon gains a better image and precision.

  • Transoral Laser Surgery: Entering the body through the mouth, rather than an incision outside the body, the surgeon uses a special lighted viewing tube, called an endoscope, to reach the tumor. Laser energy delivered via the endoscope breaks the tumor into small pieces that are removed a little at a time until it is gone.
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery: VATS is similar to laparoscopic surgery in that a video camera and thin instruments are inserted through small incisions between the ribs. It allows the surgeon to reach tumors in the lung and esophagus. Before VATS, surgeons had to cut into major chest muscles and possibly break or remove ribs. Recovery from open chest surgery is difficult and lengthy for many patients.
  • High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU): This new technology allows sound waves to generate heat, which can destroy cancer cells alone and in conjunction with radiation. HIFU allows high levels of ultrasound energy to create intense heat. The sound waves are narrowly focused on the tumor with great precision while sparing the normal surrounding organs/structures.
A Continuing Role
for Open Surgery

Even with the advances in minimally invasive surgical techniques, many complex cancer cases still require open surgery, depending on the size of the tumor and its location.

Conventional Open Surgery: A procedure in which the surgeon cuts the skin and tissues to gain direct access to the tumor. Recovery can take a long time, as nearby tissue and organs may be affected. Stitches are required to close the incision and limit bleeding. Many complex cases still require open surgery and Fox Chase surgeons have extensive experience in these procedures.




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