Twenty-three patients were referred after the unexpected finding of invasive cervix cancer at the time of total hysterectomy. Each was deemed a candidate for additional therapy and was treated surgically with a radical reoperation consisting of a lymphadenectomy, radical parametrectomy, and upper vaginectomy. When compared with patients undergoing radical hysterectomy at this institution, this reoperation was not technically more difficult as judges by the objective measures of operative time and blood loss. The risk of perioperative morbidity was not greater than radical hysterectomy. The surgical findings obviated the need for additional radiation therapy in more than 73% of patients. While therapy for all patients must be individualized, a radical reoperation should be considered a safe and efficacious alternative to pelvic radiation for patients who are deemed to require additional therapy in this clinical situation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology