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Oncology Surgery

The Surgical Oncology service at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center provides multi-disciplinary state of the art cancer care, including cancer surgery for liver, pancreas, colon, stomach, intestine, breast, and melanoma and sarcoma treatment. We are proud to be part of the multi-disciplinary care team at ARMC. With our colleagues, we offer the best possible cancer treatment to our patients. We offer minimally invasive surgery when appropriate as well as plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Our surgeons bring a wide range of expertise and technical skill close to home in San Bernardino County. Our Cancer Surgery faculty are nationally recognized surgeons with many years of experience, serving in leadership roles for international associations, academic journals, clinical programs, educational initiatives, and more.


Amir A Rahnemai Azar MD
Amir A. Rahnemai Azar, M.D
Learn more about Dr. Azar here.

How Can Surgery Treat Cancer?

Cancer begins when abnormal cells form in one of the body’s organs. These cells reproduce and eventually form a new tissue called a tumor. Tumors then grow blood vessels that allow the cancer to spread to other parts of the body. These tumors need to be removed as soon as possible.

Surgery to remove tumors is a highly effective cancer treatment. If performed early enough, tumor removal is a massive step forward toward recovery. Follow up treatments of chemotherapy and radiation therapy can then destroy lingering cancer cells after the procedure.

What to Expect

The specifics of your procedure will vary depending on the type of cancer. Some organs are harder to reach than others and often require more intense procedures. In many cases, however, tumors can be removed with minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive operations only require a few small incisions, are safer than open surgery, and allow patients to recover faster from the operation.

Tumors cannot always be removed by themselves. In some cases, surgeons need to remove the entire organ. Kidney, ovarian, testicular, and gallbladder cancers are just some of the cancers that can be treated by removing the organ. Our team will review all of your options and develop a treatment plan that best meets your specific needs.

For an appointment: You will need a referral and authorization from your primary care provider. Providers can submit referrals and authorizations to (also linked in top menu). Once the referral/authorization are received, you will be contacted by our staff to schedule an appointment.

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