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Cervical Cancer Information – Early Detection is Key

In your search for cervical cancer information, you may have learned that this type of gynecological cancer is possibly the most life threatening. At Florida Hospital’s Global Robotics Institute, we want you to know that cervical cancer is also the most preventable form of gynecological cancer. In its early stages, cervical cancer has no associated pain or symptoms. It is only in advanced stages of tumor growth that symptoms become apparent. These symptoms include excessive discharge, abnormal bleeding between periods, or bleeding after intercourse and menopause.

A Pap test is the best early detection for cervical cancer. This test is used to detect dysplasias (abnormal cell growth) or pre-cancerous changes in the cervix. A cervical biopsy can also be performed in a doctor’s office.

Innovative screening for the HPV virus, a precursor to cervical cancer, is a medical advancement that is positively impacting diagnosis and survival statistics. The introduction of a vaccine in 2006 has also made a positive impact on these trends.

Robotic Surgical System Revolutionizes Cervical Cancer Treatment

Since most cervical cancers are diagnosed when the tumor is still confined to the cervix, cervical cancer treatment can take various forms, Invasive cervical cancer treatment may include radical hysterectomy, radiation therapy and/or alternative therapies. A radical hysterectomy is the removal of the cervix, margin of upper vagina, uterus, and surrounding tissues (parametria) and lymph nodes.

At Florida Hospital, specially trained gynecological oncologists are using the revolutionary da Vinci® Surgical System for the treatment of endometrial and cervical cancer, as well as endometriosis or uterine leiomyoma. This state-of-the-art robotic procedure offers many benefits including shorter hospital stays, less pain and scarring, and a quicker return to normal life. To learn more about this revolutionary procedure, read more about the robotic hysterectomy.

For more cervical cancer information, talk to one of our compassionate health care professionals at Florida Hospital Cancer Institute. Our commitment to women’s gynecological health is demonstrated by the fact that our Oncology Center treats more women than any other similar program in the Southeast, and significantly surpasses the state average 5-year survival rate for Cervical Cancer. (Source: National Cancer Database).

Robotic Surgery Improves Outcomes in Benign Surgery

In addition to treating cervical cancer, robotic surgery can be a great alternative for complex benign gynecological conditions. Adhesions, endometriosis, benign adnexal tumors (non-cancerous masses that grow in the fallopian tubes), and uterine fibroids are just some of the conditions that can benefit from the advantages of the Da Vinci robot.