New cervical cancer treatment

Small changes to surgical techniques boost survival rates

Small changes to the surgery used to treat cervical cancer may improve survival rates by 20 per cent, according to German researchers.

Most women diagnosed with cervical cancer have a radical hysterectomy, removing the uterus, cervix, part of the upper part of the vagina and some tissue from the pelvis.

Now German scientists have developed a new technique called mesometrial resection (TMMR), which removes a more defined section, including the fallopian tubes, uterus, and certain parts of the vagina.

Reporting in The Lancet Oncology, they say this improves recurrence rates and avoids common side effects such as problems with bladder and bowel function.

In the study, 212 patients had TMMR, and after 41 months, the cancer had returned in only 10 patients. Among high risk patients the recurrence rate was 5 per cent compared to 28 per cent when treated with normal surgery, reports the BBC.

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