CCHE 57357 surgical oncology department has performed more than 3400 major surgeries since opening in 2007 and more than 2000 minor procedures. The highly specialized department has surgical teams focused on surgical oncology, neurosurgery, ophthalmologic surgery and orthopedics oncology as well as consultants in plastic surgery, laporoscopy, urology, endoscopy, facial, ear, nose and throat who are called in for complicated cases requiring several different surgeon specialists to either remove tumours or assist in reconstruction. Around 60% of children with cancer are diagnosed with solid tumours requiring surgical interventions from minor procedures such as biopsy to major procedures such as limb re-attachment, complex eye surgery, and brain surgery. The goal of surgical oncology is to remove the greatest amount of tumour as possible with the least amount of loss in function and disfigurement.
Because of the multi-disciplinary approach of treating children with cancer according to standards of care, the treatment strategy is often to reduce the tumour bulk, allowing chemotherapy and/ or radiation to decrease the tumour as much as possible and then to do a second surgery to assess the treatment effect. This multi modal approach is responsible for achieving the amazing pediatric cancer survivals of 75-80%.
The CCHE Department of Surgery is proud to provide expert and compassionate state of the art care to children with cancer and are leading the way in advancing surgical oncology in Egypt and the region.