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Surgery at Gustave Roussy

Gustave Roussy manages surgical treatment of cancer in adults in the following specialties: gastroenterology, dermatology, ENT, breast disease, gynaecology and endocrinology, as well as surgical treatment of sarcomas and reconstructive plastic surgery. There are 125 health care staff some twenty of whom are surgeons. The department performs about 3,500 operations per year.


Surgical techniques

The surgical techniques practised range from minimally invasive surgery employing endoscopic techniques and reconstructive plastic surgery through to radical procedures.  
Various innovative techniques are also in regular use. These include:

  • X-ray guided surgery;
  • localisation of sentinel nodes;
  • complex hepatectomy procedures;
  • intrahepatic radiofrequency ablation;
  • treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis by hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC);
  • pseudo-continent perineal colostomy;
  • surgery in irradiated fields (small bowel, pelvis);
  • isolated limb perfusion for limb sarcomas;
  • immediate post-mastectomy reconstructive surgery;
  • salvage surgery;
  • radical gynaecological surgery;
  • technically sophisticated laparoscopic surgery (or videoscopic laparoscopic surgery);
  • surgery of rectal tumours.

Inpatient Units

The Department comprises three medical units:

  • Service Ardennes (short stay): dermatological, endocrinological, gynaecological and breast surgery, and nurse consultations
  • Service Gers: digestive tract surgery, stoma therapy consultations
  • Service Tarn: gynaecological surgery, sarcomas and soft-tissue tumour surgery, and nurse consultations.


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