Surgery is the oldest form of cancer treatment, but it is still the most successful. The type of surgery will depend on the type of cancer, its location, and the overall health of the patient. Surgery is not only used for tumor removal, but it is also used as a diagnostic tool to help stage the cancer and determine how far the cancer has spread in the body. Upon completion of treatment, it is frequently used as a restorative measure to help return the body to its original appearance. There are several types of surgery used in cancer treatment. Your healthcare provider may suggest one or more of the following options: