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Bergman C , Boente M
Surgery for gynecologic malignancies
Curr Opin Oncol. 1998 Sep;10(5) :434-8
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Surgery continues to play a primary role in the investigation and treatment of gynecologic neoplasia. Cold-knife conization is still preferable for diagnosis and treatment of more problematic preinvasive cervical lesions. Newer reconstructive techniques can improve quality of life in exenteration patients. Efforts continue to reduce morbidity associated with vulvar surgery and groin node dissection. Accurate staging and maximum cytoreduction remain essential goals in primary surgery for ovarian cancers. The utility of secondary surgery for disease assessment or further treatment is controversial. Laparoscopy at present has a limited role in gynecologic oncology but may be useful for prophylactic oophorectomy in selected individuals.
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