Open Surgery a Better Option for Cervical Cancer

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week compared minimally invasive and open surgeries for early stage cervical cancer. This prospective randomized trial of 631 participants at 33 medical centers found that patients who had open surgery had higher disease-free survival rates (96.5% at 4.5 years) than those who had minimally invasive surgery (86% at 4.5 years). In reporting the study, the New York Times spoke to numerous gynecologic oncologists, many of whom had heard about the results prior to publication and had already begun changing their approaches to cervical cancer treatment. MSK’s Dr. Ginger Gardner said that the hospital is reviewing its surgical results and making case-by-case surgical decisions in consultation with patients.