Is radical hysterectomy necessary in early cervical cancer? Academic Article uri icon


  • Aims: To estimate the prevalence of tumor spread to the parametrium, vagina and uterine corpus in radical hysterectomy specimens and define a subgroup of patients with low-risk of extracervical involvement, who may benefit from less radical surgery. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 96 patients with stage IA1-IIA cervical cancer who had undergone radical hysterectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy. Results: Tumor spread beyond the uterine cervix was evident in 45 (47%) patients. Thirteen (13%) of the 96 patients had parametrial tumor spread, 12 (13%) had vaginal tumor extension, and 23 (24%) had uterine corpus involvement. Tumor size >2 cm, stromal invasion to a depth of ≥8 mm, and lymph vascular space invasion (LVSI) were significantly associated with extracervical invasion. Twenty-five patients had stromal invasion of 15 mm had extracervical invasion. Conclusion: Patients with tumor size

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  • January 1, 2013