Cervical Cancer Surgery
Your gynae-oncologist will discuss your surgery with you. The type of surgery depends on the size of the cancer and whether it has spread beyond the cervix (your cancer staging will help to decide treatment).
Surgery can range from treatment which effects only the cervix such as LLETZ or cone biopsy to more radical surgery involving a hysterectomy where the uterus (womb) and cervix are removed. The ovaries and fallopian tubes may also be removed but, where possible, they are not taken out in young women as this brings on an early menopause. Lymph glands in the pelvis are also removed during a hysterectomy.
If it is necessary to remove the ovaries, the symptoms of the menopause can often be prevented by giving hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as tablets or skin patches. Your gynae-oncologist or nurse specialist will be able to discuss this with you in detail.
You can read more about these surgeries by clicking on the list below:
- Cone Biopsy
- Large Loop Excision of the Transformation Zone (LLETZ)
- Pelvic Exenteration
"Cervical Cancer Surgery." Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. N.p., 19 Aug. 2013. Web. 02 Mar. 2015.