Standard and Novel Surgical Treatment in Cervical Cancer

  • Georgios AndroutsopoulosEmail author
  • Raj Naik


Cervical cancer represents a major clinical problem as it is globally the most common malignancy of the female reproductive system and usually affects young women. The surgical management of these patients could be either conservative or radical and depends on disease stage.

More specifically, conservative surgical management (cervical conization, radical trachelectomy) is mainly used in cervical cancer patients with early-stage disease and strong desire for fertility preservation. Likewise, standard surgical management (radical hysterectomy) is preferred in cervical cancer patients with early-stage disease, who have already completed their childbearing. Moreover, salvage surgical management (pelvic exenteration, laterally extended endopelvic resection) is indicated in patients with locally advanced, persistent, or recurrent cervical cancer, who have already been treated with radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy.

In conclusion, the type and extent of surgical treatment in these patients should be carefully individualized according to disease stage, histologic subtype, fertility issues, and performance status.


Cervical cancer Surgical treatment Cervical conization Radical trachelectomy Radical hysterectomy Pelvic exenteration Laterally extended endopelvic resection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyUniversity of PatrasRionGreece
  2. 2.Department of Gynaecology, Northern Gynaecological Oncology CentreQueen Elizabeth HospitalGatesheadUK

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