The surgical oncology team at the Regional Cancer Centre at Southlake is made up of physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and pharmacists who work to ensure safe and high quality care.
The Cancer Centre’s team of surgeons and surgical oncologists treat cancer by removing lumps, tumours and cancerous tissues from the body. These surgeons utilize the latest technology including a state-of-the-art digital specimen radiography unit specially designed to expedite diagnostic decisions for surgeons in the operating room. Equipped with this critical information, the health care team can immediately verify the lesion removal, form a clinical decision about the next stage of care, and successfully conclude the surgery, further reducing the patient’s exposure to anaesthesia.
The Regional Cancer Program at Southlake has been very successful in providing timely surgical procedures. The average wait time from the date the decision is made to treat surgically to the date the operation takes place is 55 days, significantly less than the provincial average of 64 days and the maximum target of 84 days.