The surgical management of early-stage cervical cancer

Sabina R. Salicrú, Javier F.V. De La Torre, Antonio Gil-Moreno

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The main objective is to update the literature data in the last year which may support a surgical approach to early cervical cancer [ECC; Stage International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) IA-IB1-IIA1]. Radical hysterectomy remains the gold standard by most international guidelines because surgical treatment has hardly changed in recent decades, except for stage IA1. RECENT FINDINGS: Trends in clinical research in the past 12-18 months involve minimal invasive surgery (with laparoscopic surgery or robotic-assisted surgery), fertility preservation (in the initial stages and in the absence of bad prognostic factors), nerve-sparing and sentinel node techniques. Some institutions have published studies in specific groups such as older, obese or pregnant women. SUMMARY: There is a growing trend to practice less aggressive surgery in order to preserve fertility in young women and avoid an excess of treatment in some selected patients. Therefore, nerve-sparing techniques can help to improve the quality of life. More studies are needed to demonstrate oncologic results of the sentinel node technique. Laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery can substitute open surgical treatment. © 2013 Wolters Kluwer Health / Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-319
JournalCurrent Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013


  • early cervical cancer
  • fertility-sparing surgery
  • nerve-sparing surgery
  • radical hysterectomy
  • sentinel node


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