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Surgery is the oldest type of cancer treatment. It can also offer key information in the process of diagnosing cancer and discovering out how far it has spread (a process is called staging). Many advances in surgical techniques have allowed surgeons to operate on a growing number of patients delivering good results. Today, operations that involve less cutting and damage to nearby organs and tissues (less invasive surgery) often can be done to remove tumors while saving as much normal tissue and function as possible. Surgery can be used to diagnose, treat, or even help prevent cancer in some cases. It normally presents the best chance for cure, especially if the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body.



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