Current and future surgical approaches in the management of endometrial carcinoma

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The surgical approach to endometrial carcinoma has been and continues to be inconsistent. It ranges from hysterectomy alone for all patients, hysterectomy with lymphadenectomy based on the surgeon's criteria for risk of nodal metastasis based on preoperative grading and/or intraoperative assessments, and hysterectomy with limited lymphadenectomy, to hysterectomy with full pelvic and para-aortic lymphadenectomy for all patients. Recent evidence has clearly described the very poor correlation of pre- and/or intraoperative assessments with final hysterectomy pathologic findings. Lymphadenectomy has also been found to be therapeutic in high-risk groups. Despite this, many surgeons have not adopted a policy of comprehensive staging for all patients with endometrial carcinoma. All patients with endometrial carcinoma diagnosed on preoperative endometrial sampling should undergo comprehensive surgical staging if technically and medically possible. Surgical cytoreduction of metastatic disease is also associated with improved outcomes.

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