Surgery for Gynecological Cancers, including Hysterectomy
Descriptions of Surgical Procedures
- From the University of Utah's Gynecologic Oncology Department, descriptions
of the most common procedures for the treatment of gyn cancers.
Survivors Answer FAQs
From the Eyes on the Prize site. I bet you'll find answers to many of your questions from women who have been "in the trenches" with hysterectomy.
Cytoreductive (Debulking) Surgery
Short description of the procedure, which has proven to be very important in outcomes of Stage III and IV ovarian cancer.
Cytoreductive Surgery Improves OC Survival
Reuters Article on the Women's Cancer Network site about the value of cytoreductive ("debulking") surgery for Stage 3 and 4 ovarian cancer.
Having Uterus Removed - Take Ovaries Too?
Dr. Dean Edell answers this question from a woman with atypical (precancerous) hyperplasia. (Basically, he says to keep them unless you are at risk for ovarian or breast cancer.)
Hysterectomy Types and Abbreviations
From our glossary on this site - definition of hysterectomy includes the various types, as well as abbreviations such as the mysterious "TAH-BSO".
Hysterectomy - Description, Indications, Pictures
This article has great of the female reproductive organs. Additionally (be warned) it also contains photographs, along with descriptive text about hysterectomy and various indications for the procedure. (The page takes awhile to load because of the photos.) From YourSurgery.com.
This is a wonderful site for support around hysterectomy issues, from pre-op surgery considerations to navigating the Hormone Jungle. Lots of practical advice and support.
Second Look Surgery in Ovarian Cancer
Brief description of the role of second look surgery. Many physicians no longer do this surgery except in the case of clinical trials, while others find value in it. From the Web site of the Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry.
Helps Libido Post-Oophrectomy
Health Central brings information about a study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine of women who had had their ovaries removed. The ovaries make about half of a woman's testosterone, and it was found that by replacing it in the form of a patch, libido was improved.
This file about vulvar cancer includes very brief descriptions of the various types of vulvectomy.
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