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Morbidly obese patient with endometrial cancer treated by bariatric surgery to enable cancer treatment
  1. Nidhi Sharma and
  2. Kalpana Ragupathy
  1. School of Medicine, University of Dundee College of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing, Dundee, UK
  1. Correspondence to Nidhi Sharma; nzsharma{at}


The case demonstrates the use of bariatric surgery to improve a patient’s candidacy for surgical treatment for endometrial cancer (EC). A 50-year-old morbidly obese woman with early-stage EC was initially treated with levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (52 mg) . She had to reduce her body mass index (BMI) to become eligible for definite EC treatment. Using conservative methods, she was unable to lose weight effectively. She then underwent bariatric surgery that reduced her BMI from 71.3 to 54.3 kg/m2. She maintained her weight and was eligible for total hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oopherectomy. Her procedure was successful and had no complications. She has 6-monthly follow-ups, and the most recent review showed no evidence of recurrence.

  • cancer intervention
  • gynecological cancer
  • obesity (public health)
  • obstetrics and gynaecology
  • cancer - see oncology

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  • Contributors NS: conception of the work, data collection, analysis and interpretation, drafting the article, critical revision of the the article and final approval of the version to be published. KR: data collection, critical revision of the article and final approval of the version to be published.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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