Surgery for gynecologic cancer typically involves removal of the tumor, and may include removal of the:
The Magee-Womens Gynecologic Cancer Program in Pittsburgh, Pa., offers the latest surgical treatment options for gynecologic cancers.
Our expert surgeons will:
In some cases, surgeons may also perform a colostomy — a temporary or permanent surgical procedure that alters the way stool is passed.
Standard surgical procedures for gynecologic cancers include:
|Staging surgery||Removal of tissue samples from different parts of the pelvis and abdomen to determine the stage of cancer, or how far the cancer has spread. This will help determine the best course of treatment, as cancers in different stages may be treated differently.|
|Debulking surgery||Removal of as much of the tumor as possible; typically in preparation for chemotherapy, so there’s less tumor to treat.|
|Total hysterectomy||Removal of the uterus, including the cervix.|
|Radical hysterectomy||Removal of the uterus, cervix, and part of the vagina; the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or nearby lymph nodes may also be removed.|
|Unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy||Removal of one ovary and one fallopian tube.|
|Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy||Removal of both ovaries and both fallopian tubes.|
|Omentectomy||Removal of the omentum (a fat pad within the abdominal cavity).|
|Lymph node removal||Removal of all or a portion of lymph nodes.|
Additional surgical procedures available at the Gynecologic Cancer Program include: