Cancer can be treated in a number of different ways, including radiation, chemotherapy and surgery. However, surgery remains the first line of treatment and has been associated with the best long-term survival when surgery is an option. A surgical oncology consultation should always be considered to avoid missing the opportunity for surgical treatment.
Carolina Surgical Associates' extensively trained Surgical Oncologist provides surgical treatment for an array of cancers, including esophagus, stomach, liver, bile duct, pancreas, colon, rectum, melanoma, head and neck, thyroid and parathyroid, breast, lung, and soft tissue sarcoma.
Patients with complex cancer cases will be discussed by a multidisciplinary team comprised of the surgical oncologist, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologist, pathologists and ancillary personnel at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. This expert team discusses these cases and reaches a consensus as to the best approach to treatment before treatment begins.
In addition, Carolina Surgical Associates patients have access to the cancer program at St. Francis, which has received the highest ranking from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer, and earned "commendation" ratings for all possible standards of the survey which examined the entire spectrum of cancer care, from prevention to rehabilitation and follow-up.
Our Surgical Oncologist
Dr. Yi is specially trained for complex gastrointestinal surgeries like esophageal, gastric, liver, pancreatic, biliary and colorectal surgeries. He also performs other types of surgeries for cancer including head and neck, thyroid, melanoma, breast, lung and soft tissue sarcoma.
Dr. Yi is the only surgeon in South Carolina currently performing Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy, or HIPEC Procedure. This new treatment can be used for patients with cancer that has spread to the lining of the abdominal cavity, which commonly occurred from colorectal, gastric, appendiceal and ovarian cancer. These cancers can prove difficult to treat with normal chemotherapy treatment, and HIPEC has been proven to be effective. During the procedure, the surgeon removes all visible tumors, then circulates a heated chemotherapy solution through the abdomen to attempt to kill any remaining cancer cells.
Other procedures include: