Surgical Oncology


Surgery is used to diagnose, stage and treat cancer, and certain cancer-related symptoms. At TRMC, our experienced surgeons  will discuss appropriate surgical options that meet your individual needs.

Surgery in cancer care is used to:
  • Diagnose and stage a cancer. 
  • Remove the whole cancer (tumor/mass). 
  • Remove some, but not all of the tumor. A surgeon may not be able to safely remove all of the cancer because it could harm other parts of the body. This is often called a debulking surgery. 
  • Ease symptoms caused by the cancer. This is called palliative surgery.
  • To return/change the body’s condition after a surgery. This is called reconstructive or restorative surgery. Examples of this type of surgery are breast reconstruction or reversal of colostomy.

The Center for Women's Health at Titus is under the Medical Directorship of Rosa E. Cuenca, MD, FACS. Dr. Cuenca is a Surgical Oncologist and is especially passionate about ensuring access to comprehensive breast services.