For women with early-stage cervical cancer, surgery is usually one of the first treatments to be recommended. At Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL – just a short drive from St. Petersburg – we have a team of surgical oncologists specializing exclusively in gynecological surgery. From diagnostic biopsies to complex operations for recurrent cervical cancer, we offer a full spectrum of options under one roof.
The most common surgery for cervical cancer is a hysterectomy, in which the uterus and cervix are removed from the body. (A more extensive version of the procedure, known as a radical hysterectomy, also involves the removal of the tissues nearest the uterus as well as the upper portion of the vagina). These procedures may be performed:
- Through a traditional abdominal incision
- Through the vagina
- With minimally invasive (laparoscopic) techniques
- With robotic assistance
In certain situations where the cancer is detected very early, a hysterectomy may not be necessary. Patients with stage 1 cervical cancer may be candidates for a cone biopsy, in which cancerous tissues are removed from the cervix, or a trachelectomy, in which the cervix is removed but the uterus is left in place. These surgeries allow patients to become pregnant after treatment.
In the event of recurrent cervical cancer that is diagnosed before it spreads to the rest of the body, a pelvic exenteration may be recommended. This is a complex type of cervical cancer surgery that removes the uterus, cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes, vagina, and – if needed – the bladder, urethra and/or the rectum.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we provide patients from St. Petersburg and other nearby areas with the fullest range of treatment options, as well as information and guidance to help them make the most appropriate decisions. Physician referrals are never required; patients can consult with our gynecologic oncologists as soon as they are ready to explore their options.