Radical surgery is an extensive, complex cancer removal surgery. It usually involves removing an organ, tissue, and lymph nodes and cutting off blood supply to the cancerous cells. Radical surgery for gynecologic cancers include:
Radical hysterectomy is one type of radical gynecologic cancer surgery that’s used to treat cervical, uterine, and ovarian cancers. Dr. Salom or Dr. Tangir removes:
Radical trachelectomy requires removing the cervix and upper vagina for cervical cancer.
Radical cystectomy involves the removal of the bladder, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, front vaginal wall, and urethra. This type of surgery is used to treat bladder cancer.
Radical vulvectomy treats cancer in the vulva. During the surgery, Dr. Salom or Dr. Tangir removes the entire vulva, which includes the:
A modified radical vulvectomy involves the removal of the cancer to the edge of the normal tissue and several groin lymph nodes.
Women with cervical, uterine, or ovarian cancers may require radical surgery to treat the cancer. Radical surgeries are more likely with later-stage cancers, especially if they’ve spread to the lymph nodes. A small percentage of women with early-stage gynecologic cancers may be able to avoid radical surgery.
After certain radical surgeries, including radical hysterectomy, you won’t be able to have children. If you have gynecologic cancer in an early stage and still desire to get pregnant, Dr. Salom and Dr. Tangir may be able to preserve your reproductive organs. If you’re done having children, radical surgery helps improve your survival rate.
If the cancer has spread to your lymph nodes, then you might need radiation or chemotherapy after radical surgery to destroy the rest of the diseased cells.
When cancer has metastasized in your body, you’ll want to do everything you can to get rid of it. That’s why it’s important to see a gynecologic oncologist who only specializes in reproductive cancer treatment.
Call today to book an appointment so you can discuss your treatment options with Dr. Salom and Dr. Tangir.