Two recently published studies showed that cure rates with early stage cervical cancer were lower in patients who underwent radical hysterectomy laparoscopically/robotically vs the traditional open abdomen technique. The studies appear to be well done. A New York Times article summarizing the studies is attached below.
The key questions at this point are;
1) Are these conclusions true?
2) If they are true, what causes the lower cure rates?
3) What is the best treatment option currently?
Medicine is both an art and a science. Physicians often have limited data to make decisions, and then the art of medicine comes into play. They spend thousands of hours learning new techniques and trying to improve outcomes. All the while continually doing clinical research to assess the effectiveness of new treatments is essential. This is exactly the type of cutting-edge research WCRF does every day. This continuous knowledge improvement is the only way to advance medicine and improve cure rates.
We will watch closely as this new laparoscopic/robotic surgery data is analyzed and keep you updated.
Feel free to contact us, Women’s Cancer Research Foundation (WCRF), at (949) 642-5165 and ask for Dr. Bram Goldstein or email at Bram.Goldstein@gynoncology.com if you have any questions.