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10 Surgical Tips For Cancer Surgery

10 Surgical Tips for Cancer Surgery

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  1. Make sure your technician is free to clip hair widely.
  2. Ensure that the entire shaved area is scrubbed aseptically.
  3. Spend some time planning your excision before draping the patient.
  4. Have a Plan A and a Plan B (at least) to close the surgical site.
  5. Pretend the tumor is grossly infected to remain aware of protecting healthy tissue.
  6. Avoid entering the tumor itself by accident, with instruments or fingers. 
  7. Excise the biopsy tract when applicable.
  8. Respect all other rules of surgery: Use aseptic technique, preserve blood supply, minimize dead space and reduce tension during closure.
  9. Change gloves, instruments and drapes before closing the surgical site.
  10. "Cancer should not be peeled out, shelled out, enucleated or curetted if a cure is expected.” This is a quote from Stephen Withrow in his oncology book.
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