Conization Treatment of Cervical Cancer
One effective cervical cancer treatment alternative is called conization treatment. Although current methods are very advanced, conization treatments date back as early as the 19th century. Conization is one of the preferred treatment options when the cancer cells cover an abnormally large area.
Conization treatment involves removing a cone-shaped or cylindrical piece of tissue from the cervix and cervical canal. The overall size of the tissue removed will vary depending on the severity of the cancer; however the thickness of the tissue is approximately 1 centimeter. Surgery that is performed with a scalpel is called «cold-knife conization» or CKC, but doctors can also use a laser or electrosurgical wire loop. Although the type of instruments may vary, the 3 forms of conization treatment yield similar positive results.
Conization is also called a «cone biopsy» because the surgery can be used to diagnose cervical cancer. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia and can be used to detect cancerous cells or remove precancerous tissue. After the tissue is removed, pathologists use a microscope to view the sample and search for cancer cells.
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