Dr. Emily Ko on the Role of Surgery in Endometrial Cancer

Emily Ko, MD
Published: Sunday, Mar 20, 2016



Emily Ko, MD, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania Health System, discusses the role of surgery in endometrial cancer and the candidacy of patients for the procedure. Unlike other cancer types, Ko says surgery is an upfront treatment for the patients with endometrial cancer. She adds that while surgery is common and normally the best treatment, patient risk factors such as current health and comorbidities must be taken into account prior to a decision being made.

Ko says surgery is the best option due to endometrial cancers normally being confined to the uterus, and being able to rid the patients of their disease upfront generally portends a positive diagnosis. She adds that some forms of endometrial cancer will present early on with metastases, at which point chemotherapy treatment may be a better option.

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Emily Ko, MD, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania Health System, discusses the role of surgery in endometrial cancer and the candidacy of patients for the procedure. Unlike other cancer types, Ko says surgery is an upfront treatment for the patients with endometrial cancer. She adds that while surgery is common and normally the best treatment, patient risk factors such as current health and comorbidities must be taken into account prior to a decision being made.

Ko says surgery is the best option due to endometrial cancers normally being confined to the uterus, and being able to rid the patients of their disease upfront generally portends a positive diagnosis. She adds that some forms of endometrial cancer will present early on with metastases, at which point chemotherapy treatment may be a better option.

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