Pelvic Clearance Surgery

Bernadette M.Carrington INTRODUCTION

Magnetic resonance imaging has a key role in assessing local disease extent in patients with primary or treated pelvic cancer. In patients with primary cancers, the information provided influences clinical treatment decisions, for example patient eligibility for surgery and the type of surgery required. In treated cancer patients MR imaging is used to identify residual or recurrent tumour as well as to determine the feasibility and extent of salvage surgery. In both primary and residual or recurrent cancer, pelvic clearance (exenteration) is an important treatment option.

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