UAB Medicine

Surgical Oncology Overview


UAB’s Division of Surgical Oncology provides comprehensive cancer patient care for a broad array of malignancies. Because our specialists work in conjunction with specialists from the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Division of Hematology/Oncology, we can make a variety of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic services available to our patients, including robotically assisted cancer surgeries.
Conditions Treated
Surgical services offered include, but are not limited to, the following diseases or disorders:
  • Gastrointestinal cancers - esophagus cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, pancreas cancer, bile duct cancer, colon cancer, and rectum cancer; soft-tissue sarcoma; endocrine diseases—thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, and adrenal. GI surgery—novel laparoscopic approaches to adrenalectomy and splenectomy
  • Neoplasms of the gastrointestinal tract—esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, bile duct, colon, and rectum; soft-tissue sarcoma; spleen; endocrine diseases—thyroid, parathyroid and pancreas
  • Breast disease and breast cancer; colon/rectal disease; surgical oncology; melanoma; sarcoma; general surgery; surgical endocrinology; and thyroid cancer
  • Benign breast disease, malignant breast disease, breast cancer risk assessment, and breast cancer prevention
  • Surgical oncology, breast cancer, breast carcinoma, melanoma, sarcoma
  • Endocrine diseases, hepatobiliary and pancreatic malignancies, neoplasms of the gastrointestinal tract, soft-tissue sarcoma, melanoma, and spleen. Multidisciplinary treatment of gastrointestinal cancers. Research in pancreatic cancer, thyroid cancer, and hepatic colorectal metastases
Services Provided
  • consultation for primary or second opinion
  • lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node biopsy
  • breast conservation therapy
  • complex laparoscopic procedures for tumors and associated conditions of the adrenal glands, colon, small intestine, spleen
  • hepatic tumor therapy, including intra-arterial infusion pump (HAIP), radiofrequency ablation (RFA), cryotherapy
  • complex procedures for tumors and associated conditions of the upper aerodigestive tract
  • thyroid cancer surgery and Iodine 131 therapy
  • isolated limb perfusion
  • clinical research protocols for treatment and prevention, studies include unique UAB protocols as well as multi-institutional programs through CALGB, ACSOG, RTOG, NSABP, and the NCI