Robotic or Laparoscopic versus Open surgery for Cancer of Cervix

For early cervical cancer, surgical removal of the uterus is the primary treatment which provides a very good chance of cure.

Open Surgery can cause complications and so surgeons set about using the latest Robotic Surgery or Laparoscopic surgery to perform minimally invasive surgery.

Unfortunately, newer techniques led to more recurrences of cancer.

A Swedish study abstract published at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting at Chicago confirms the findings from a previous study which was widely reported in mass media including in New York Times


1. NEJM paper. Minimally Invasive versus Abdominal Radical Hysterectomy for Cervical Cancer.

2. NEJM paper. Survival after Minimally Invasive Radical Hysterectomy for Early-Stage Cervical Cancer

3. European Society of Gynaecological Oncology – statement

4. Sweden Study: Recurrence rates in cervical cancer patients treated with abdominal versus minimally invasive radical hysterectomy: A multi-institutional analysis of 700 cases.

5. British Gynaecological Cancer Society (BGCS) statement.

6. New York Times. Studies Warn Against Minimally Invasive Surgery for Cervical Cancer.

Disclaimer: Please note- This blog is NOT medical advice. This blog is purely for information only. See your own doctor to discuss concerns and options relevant for you.