Surgery for Uterine Cancer
Surgery is often performed using minimally invasive robotically assisted technology and typically involves a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and cervix) or a radical hysterectomy (removal of uterus, cervix, and additional tissue along the sides of the uterus and cervix).
Surgery also involves staging with lymph node dissection, in which lymph nodes are removed from the pelvic area and sometimes also from the aorta (large blood vessel that carries blood away from the heart) so that lymphatic tissue samples can be checked under the microscope for signs of cancer spread.
Injection of the cervix with a fluorescent dye called indocyanine green at the start of surgery aids in more precise identification of lymph nodes that may carry cancer cells. A bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of both fallopian tubes and ovaries) may also be performed, depending on your age and extent of disease. If endometrial cancer is diagnosed early, surgical removal alone may cure endometrial cancer.