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Cytoreductive Surgery

Successful treatment of gynecological cancers often relies on using a combination of approaches. One such approach is cytoreductive surgery, also called "optimal debulking." The surgeon's goal is to remove as much of the tumor as possible, based on both visual clues and a thorough understanding of the way that various cancers typically spread. Chemotherapy and/or radiation are then used in follow up treatments to "mop up" any microscopic or remaining cancer cells.

Cytoreductive surgery requires experience and expertise. Gynecological oncologist surgeons, such as those on staff at the Women's Cancer Center of Nevada, tend to have the best results when performing cytoreductive surgery (as opposed to OBY/GYNs or surgeons). Research has shown this combination of cytoreductive surgery and radiation or chemotherapy significantly improves the patient's chances for survival, especially when the cancer has metastatisized from the primary location.