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Meet our Surgical Oncology Providers
Mark Arredondo, MD, FACS
M. Craig Hall, MD
High Point Medical Center has surgeons with extensive training and education in surgical oncology. Surgery is the oldest form of cancer treatment, and for most patients, part of the curative plan includes surgery. The goals of the surgical oncologist are to remove the cancer and an area of healthy tissue surrounding it, also known as a clear margin or clear excision, in order to prevent the cancer from recurring in that area (which is called a local recurrence). Sometimes it is not possible to remove the whole tumor, and a surgery known as "debulking" may be done to remove as much of the tumor as possible and to relieve symptoms such as pain, airway obstruction, or bleeding. However, the contribution of the surgical oncologist goes beyond what is done on the day of surgery itself. As part of the multidisciplinary care team, they provide expert opinion about biopsy techniques, optimal image guidance, the likelihood of achieving clear margins (especially in borderline resectable cases), and what role there is, if any, for surgical management of more advanced disease.
Meet our Radiation Oncology Providers
Heather Paholke, MD
Stacy Wentworth, MD
Our department is located on the first floor of the Hayworth Cancer Center where we offer the following services:
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- CT guided treatment planning: utilizing the Siemens wide-bore CT scanner located in the radiation therapy suite.
- External Beam Radiation Therapy: using two state-of-the-art linear accelerators.
- Intensity-Modulated and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IMRT and IGRT): allows radiation doses to be delivered to the tumor more accurately and thus minimize risks to the adjacent normal tissues.
- Radiosurgery (SBRT): allows physicians to irradiate tumors in the lung, liver, spine or brain with unprecedented precision. Because it is a non-invasive procedure, radiosurgery can be used for some tumors that can not be removed by traditional surgery.
- HDR and LDR Brachytherapy: technique where radioactive capsules, wires or seeds are implanted temporarily in and around a patient's tumor. Brachytherapy is commonly used for certain gynecological and prostate cancers.