Surgery is used to remove the cancer/tumour from the affected area of the body. The type of surgery will depend on the type of cancer. Patients who are going for surgery need to be assessed to ensure they are fit enough to undergo any procedure. They are also required to provide consent. Read more about consent.

Not everyone is suitable for surgery. Patients will discuss their suitability for surgery with their consultant.

Surgery for cancer takes place in four hospitals across the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust; Belfast City Hospital, the Royal Hospitals, Mater Hospital and Musgrave Park Hospital.

More information on surgery for each type of cancer is available in the cancer types section of this website.

A brief list of the different types of surgery for different types of cancer is below:

Breast Cancer

  • Wide Local Excision
  • Mastetectomy
  • Reconstructive Surgery

Gynaecology Cancer

Cervical Cancer

  • Radical Trachelectomy

Ovarian Cancer

  • Total Hysterectomy
  • Salpingo Oophrectomy
  • De-Bulking Surgey
  • Interval De-Bulking Surgery

Vulval Cancer

  • Radical Partial Vulvectomy
  • Wide Local Excision

Womb Cancer

  • Total Hysterectomy

Head and Neck Cancer

  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Lymphadenectomy (Removal of the lymph glands)

Hepatopancreobiliary Cancers

Bile Duct Cancer

  • Removal of Bile Ducts
  • Partial Liver Resection
  • Whipples Procedure
  • Biliary Stenting

Liver Cancer

  • Hemi-Hepatectomy
  • Liver Transplant
  • Liver Resection

Pancreatic Cancer

  • Whipples Procedure

Colorectal Cancer

  • Left Hemi-Colectomy
  • Right Colectomy
  • Sigmoid Colectomy
  • Interior Resection
  • Abdominoperineal Resection (APER)
  • Total Colectomy/Subtotal Colectomy
  • Hartmanns Procedure
  • Bowel Surgery: Local Resection, Wedge Resection, Transanal Resection, Lleo Transverse Bypass
  • Panprotolectomy
  • Colonic Stenting
  • Reconstructive Surgery

Lung Cancer

  • Lobectomy
  • Pneumonectomy
  • Wedge Resection

Oesophago-Gastric Cancer

Gastric Cancer

  • Partial Gastrectomy
  • Total Gastrectomy

Oesophageal Cancer

  • Oesophagectomy
  • Transthoracic Oesphagectomy
  • Transhiatal Oesophagectomy

Skin Cancer

  • Excision
  • Mohs Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery

Urology Cancer

Bladder Cancer

  • Reconstructive Surgery

Penile Cancer

  • Wide Local Excision
  • Microsurgery
  • Laser Surgery
  • Circumcision
  • Penectomy

Prostate Cancer

  • Open Retropubic Prostatectomy
  • Laparascopic Retropubic Prostatectomy
  • TURBT (Transurethral Resection)

Renal Cancer (Kidney)

  • Nephrectomy

Testicular Cancer

  • Orchidectomy
  • Lymph Node Dissection