Uterine cancer surgery is recommended for the vast majority of women who have endometrial cancer, especially when the cancer has not spread extensively throughout the body. The specific procedure recommended in each situation depends on a number of factors, and residents of St. Petersburg, Florida, can come to nearby Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa for an individualized treatment plan.
The most common type of uterine cancer surgery is a radical hysterectomy, in which the uterus, cervix and ovaries are removed, along with any surrounding tissues that might also contain cancerous cells. However, depending on the specifics of a patient’s diagnosis, any of the following procedures might also be recommended:
- A pelvic extenteration – The uterus, cervix, vagina, ovaries, bladder and rectum are removed
- A bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy – The fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus are removed
- A lymphadenectomy – The lymph nodes surrounding the ovaries are removed (this is usually performed in addition to one of the above procedures)
At Moffitt, these procedures are performed by experienced surgeons who focus exclusively on gynecologic oncology. Working hand-in-hand with the other members of a patient’s treatment team, Moffitt’s surgeons make individualized recommendations based on the stage, location and size of a patient’s tumor, as well as her age, family planning preferences and the impact each treatment might have on her quality of life. Having performed thousands of complex uterine surgeries for residents of St. Petersburg and other surrounding areas, Moffitt’s team has unparalleled experience in the field – experience that translates to better surgical outcomes and a higher quality of life for our patients.