Research Suggests Endometrial Cancer Patients Can Keep Ovaries

by: cancercompass

New research suggests that surgeons no longer need to remove ovaries in early-stage endometrial cancer patients, age 45 and younger.

In a press release adapted from The American Society of Clinical Oncology, Jason D. Wright, M.D., assistant professor at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, says that recent university research, "suggests that oncologists may no longer need to remove the ovaries during surgery in younger women with early-stage endometrial cancer, which has been the standard approach for many years. Leaving the ovaries intact appears to be a safe option that offers women a range of important short- and long-term health and quality of life benefits."

Wright and colleagues compared the five-year survival statistics between 402 women age 45 and younger with stage one endometrial cancer with intact ovaries and 3,269 similar women without intact ovaries. All women had a hysterectomy and were diagnosed between 1988 and 2004.

The study concluded that the five-year overall survival rates were similar between the two groups of women.