Table of Contents
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Volume 2, Issue 4, Pages 185-188

The Role of Operative Laparoscopy in Gynecologic Oncology

1Women's Cancer Center, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
2Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Box 395, Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street Southeast, Minneapolis 55455, MN, USA

Received 19 July 1995; Accepted 27 November 1995

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The potential applications of operative laparoscopy have expanded with improvements in technology and instrumentation. With newly developed techniques to complete both pelvic and paraaortic lymph node dissection, the use of the laparoscope has increased in patients with pelvic malignancies. Gynecologic oncologists are currently incorporating the techniques of operative laparoscopy in the management of patients with cervical, endometrial, and ovarian cancer. Multicenter prospective clinical trials are necessary to further define the role of laparoscopy in gynecologic oncology.