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Minimally invasive surgery tied to worse cervical cancer survival

Women with early-stage cervical cancer who underwent minimally invasive surgery for uterus removal were four times more likely to have a recurrence and had lower odds of survival after 4.5 years, compared with those who had open abdominal surgery, according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine. Another study in the same journal showed that 9% of those in the minimally invasive surgery group had died after four years, compared with 5% of those in the open surgery group.

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