In the cases of cancers that are particularly fast spreading and aggressive in the uterus and surrounding areas, a hysterectomy can be the procedure that allows the patient to proceed to remission and recovery if the cancer does not respond to less invasive treatments first. In our last post about cancer treatment with a hysterectomy we discussed two common types of cancer and their subcategories. The other two most common cancers that may involve a hysterectomy are ovarian cancer and cervical cancer.
This cancer starts in the cells lining the cervix in the lower part of the uterus or womb. These cells transform slowly into abnormal and pre-cancerous cells that can later turn into cancer. This type of cancer can be caught early with regular check ups with a gynecologist and pap smear tests. American Cancer Society cites some signs of symptoms such as abnormal vaginal bleeding, an unusual discharge and pain during intercourse. While these symptoms don’t always mean cancer, ignoring them without an examination could allow the cancer to worsen or spread. A hysterectomy is used to treat stage IA1 cervical cancers.
Ovarian cancer accounts for only 3% of cancers among women, but it causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Beginning in the ovaries, the symptoms are so subtle that the cancer can go undetected for long periods of time. Symptoms include pelvic pain and abdominal swelling or bloating. 95% of cases are of the type ovarian carcinoma. Treatment types include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and often two or more treatments are used.
NVSCC encourages patients to enquire and explore all treatment options with the doctor so that they can make a plan together that’s best for the health, recovery, and side effects of the patient. Don’t be afraid to ask questions so that you can get all the answers you need to make a decision for treatment.
Dr. Lynn Kowalski specializes in robotic-assisted surgery allowing her to perform hysterectomies with minimal invasion, similar to a laparoscopic surgery. This reduces pain and recovery time for the patient. While a hysterectomy is a more extreme form of cancer treatment, it can be the life-saving procedure that helps battle cancer and put a patient in remission and recovery. Dr. Kowalski is an experienced doctor who has a vast knowledge of hysterectomies after years of surgery. For an appointment to explore your options and have your questions answered, contact the NVSCC on our website or call 702-739-6467.