The modern treatment for early-stage cervical cancer seems to be less effective than older methods
Two recent reports in the New England Journal of Medicine have found that minimally invasive surgeries are less effective at treating early-stage cervical cancer than open surgeries.
These results came as a surprise to researchers and members of the gynecological community, as minimally invasive surgeries have been the treatment of choice for the last 15 years.
In one study, 94.7% of patients who received an open surgery — or laparotomy — were still alive four years after their procedure. Of patients who received a minimally invasive surgery, or laparoscopy, 90.9% were still alive four years later.
Researchers are unsure what caused the differences in effectiveness, but are taking steps to look into it.
For the last decade, minimally invasive surgeries have been gynecologists’ preferred choice for treating early-stage cervical cancer. After all, they have lead to a lower risk of infection and faster recovery for patients. But two new reports have found that this method, also known as a laparoscopy, is less effective than its more invasive counterpart. See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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