Our expert cancer surgeons diagnose, treat and prevent cancer by removing tumors and surrounding tissue. They may also perform biopsies, taking a small amount of tissue for pathologists to analyze. Surgical oncologists work in a multidisciplinary fashion with partners including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, anesthesia, radiology, pathology, psychiatry and psychology, nutrition, social work and our superb nursing staff to deliver patient-centered care.

Our cancer surgeons, including surgical oncology, breast surgical oncology, colorectal surgery, thoracic surgery, gynecologic oncology, and urology, are on staff at BID-Needham and at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. We provide compassionate, state-of-the-art surgical care for adults with a wide range of cancers: breast, gynecologic, prostate and urologic, thoracic and lung, as well as melanoma and cancers of the pancreas, stomach, gallbladder, intestines and spleen. Specialized expertise includes minimally invasive, image-guided and endoscopic procedures.

A new surgical pavilion on the top floor of the Cancer Center nearly doubles our operating room capacity in Needham. The facility features:

  • Two new technologically advanced operating rooms, configured to support more minimally invasive, image-guided procedures
  • New and expanded preoperative rooms and post-anesthesia care units (PACU) located next to the operating rooms to improve efficiency
  • A spacious, modern waiting area surrounded by natural light

Supportive Services

The Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center in Needham offers a wide range of services to support you and your family. Our programs include:

  • Windows of Hope: A specialty shop that offers cancer products and resources such as wigs, prostheses, books and CDs.
  • Conveniences & Services: Interpreter services and TTDY devices are available for the convenience of our non-English speaking or hearing-impaired patients and families.
  • Primary Nurse: We assign each patient a primary nurse to help coordinate care and answer questions.
  • Nutrition Services: Registered dietitians provide counseling for a variety of needs, including cancer.
  • Social Work Services: Social workers and case managers can help you cope with the stress of illness, hospitalization and returning home.
  • Pastoral Care: Many of our patients may benefit from spiritual support during hospitalization.
  • Patient Resource Center: A comfortable area in the Cancer Center with Internet access, computers and cancer information for patients and families.
  • Hospice: We can connect you to community programs such as Hospice that help loved ones and families live as fully as possible when facing terminal illness.

Ask your physician about our cancer support groups and educational classes, the integrative therapies that we offer, and our pain management and palliative care services.