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How can modified radical hysterectomy help with treating cervical cancer?

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This surgery is usually for early stage cervical cancer that has not spread outside the cervix. Your doctor removes your uterus (womb) and cervix, along with ligaments that hold the uterus in place, and the top part of the vagina next to the cervix. Pelvic lymph nodes may also be removed.

The surgery is usually done with one large cut in the belly, or is laparoscopic-assisted through the vagina.

You’ll usually stay in the hospital for 5-7 days. You could have trouble going to the bathroom after surgery, and you might need a temporary tube called a catheter to pee.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for cervical cancer;" "How is cervical cancer treated?;" "Radiation therapy for cervical cancer;" "Surgery for Cervical Cancer;" and "Targeted therapy for cervical cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Cervical Cancer -- Treatment Options."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Cervical Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Cervical Cancer Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version" and "New Immunotherapy Option Approved for Cervical Cancer, Rare Lymphoma."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Cervical cancer treatment; early stage cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Chemotherapy for cervical cancer;" "How is cervical cancer treated?;" "Radiation therapy for cervical cancer;" "Surgery for Cervical Cancer;" and "Targeted therapy for cervical cancer."

American Society of Clinical Oncology: "Cervical Cancer -- Treatment Options."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Cervical Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Cervical Cancer Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version" and "New Immunotherapy Option Approved for Cervical Cancer, Rare Lymphoma."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Cervical cancer treatment; early stage cancer (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 21, 2018

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