pelvic exenteration

Pronunciation: (PEL-vik eg-ZEN-teh-RAY-shun)

Surgery to remove the lower colon, rectum, and bladder, and create stomata (openings) through which urine and stool are passed out of the body. In women, the cervix, vagina, ovaries, and nearby lymph nodes are also removed.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2003-07-26 Date last modified: 2005-02-11