Professional Cancer Coaching

Cancer Surgery

Pre-Surgery Considerations

Before a cancer patient has surgery, he or she should be informed of his/her options regarding tumor sensitivity testing. This procedure requires agreement by the oncologist and surgeon / pathologist before surgery as they will be the ultimate decision makers on this process. The surgeon, if in agreement, will take the tumor and send it per protocol to the lab ( for testing so the oncologist can prescribe the best chemotherapeutic agent for his patient's cancer.

As your NAPCC Certified Professional Cancer Coach, I will have a package for you and your surgeon on patient specific anticancer drug sensitivity testing and diagnostic hematopathology.

This lab will work to accurately diagnose the disease and to arm the physicians with effective tools capable of eliminating a patient’s cancer cells or keeping tumor cells under effective control. Ultimately, their goal is to help physicians prolong their patient’s life and improve its quality. That means being a true partner with patients and physicians in establishing an accurate diagnosis and finding the most effective means to treat the disease.

Cancer Surgery

For many forms of cancer the surgical removal of the primary tumor is crucial if long-term remission is to occur. Anti-angiogenesis drugs given prior to cancer surgery may improve the chances of a long-term remission. These drugs would also theoretically be of value in the post - operative setting, though they may slow the rate of healing.

Surgery suppresses important immune functions needed to kill metastatic tumor cells. The patient should consider taking supplements that enhance immune function, such as melatonin, lactoferrin, and garlic, before and after surgery.

Avoiding analgesic drugs, such as morphine and other opiates, helps prevent immune suppression and the development of tumor angiogenesis. For pain suppression in the postoperative environment, the drug tramadol can be discussed with your physician in lieu of morphine or other opiates.

Post–Surgery Considerations

For cancer patients undergoing surgery, or any other type of cancer therapy, your cancer coach will provide you with the information you need to help protect against surgically induced immune suppression, thus improving the odds of long-term survival.