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How Minimally Invasive Surgery Can Worsen Situation for Cervical Cancer Patients?

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Published on : Nov 01, 2018

Based on the analysis of two studies, the growing acceptance for two treatment for early-stage cervical cancer in the United States is considered worse than standard surgery. Growing popularity and preference for minimally invasive surgery has is now loaded with questions. This technique was prevalent since 2006 and was widely adopted across the globe. This technique is used for various surgeries, but recent studies show that minimally invasive surgery could cause unnecessary risk during the early stage of cervical cancer treatment. 

According to Dr. Pedro Ramirez at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, said that patient who went were treated through minimally invasive surgery have higher chances of recurring cancer than people who underwent the surgery through the open approach.   

Ramirez co-authored the experiment in which 600 women were involved. Among these, half of the women got their uterus removed through minimally invasive surgery and other half had open abdominal surgery.   The result showed that women who underwent minimally invasive surgery were less likely to be alive four and a half years following the surgery.  

Ramirez suggested surgeons at MD Anderson to completely use open approach and stop offering minimally invasive radical hysterectomy. He also added by saying that after the research team received the primary result, doctors throughout the U.S. started reassessing their approach to treat early cervical cancer.

However, the cause behind this is still unknown. Similar high-quality studies show that minimally invasive surgery is safe for uterine cancer, says Ramirez. It can be stated that a number of cervical cancer cells might be released during a procedure. In addition, during surgery carbon dioxide gas used to inflate the abdomen could also play a role. Scientists at Northwestern University also carried out another research to gather more insights on the same.