Total Pelvic Exenteration for Gynecologic Malignancies

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Title: Total Pelvic Exenteration for Gynecologic Malignancies
Author: Diver, Elisabeth J.; Rauh-Hain, Jose Alejandro; del Carmen, Marcela Guadalupe

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Citation: Diver, Elisabeth J., J. Alejandro Rauh-Hain, and Marcela G. del Carmen. 2012. Total pelvic exenteration for gynecologic malignancies. International Journal of Surgical Oncology 2012:693535.
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Abstract: Total pelvic exenteration (PE) is a radical operation, involving en bloc resection of pelvic organs, including reproductive structures, bladder, and rectosigmoid. In gynecologic oncology, it is most commonly indicated for the treatment of advanced primary or locally recurrent cancer. Careful patient selection and counseling are of paramount importance when considering someone for PE. Part of the evaluation process includes comprehensive assessment to exclude unresectable or metastatic disease. PE can be curative for carefully selected patients with gynecologic cancers. Major complications can be seen in as many as 50% of patients undergoing PE, underscoring the need to carefully discuss risks and benefits of this procedure with patients considering exenterative surgery.
Published Version: doi:10.1155/2012/693535
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