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If cancer is found during a different operation, will the surgeon stop the current surgery?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Situational: I think it is difficult to give a blanket statement to cover any situation.For example, if i was performing gallbladder (gb)surgery on someone who was having bad attacks and i found what looked like a colon cancer, i would proceed with the gb surgery since it would not interfere w/the subsequent cancer operation. However, if i saw a liver or bile duct tumor next to the gb, i would stop.Gr8 question!

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Last updated Jul 22, 2014

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