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Uterine carcinosarcomas are aggressive gynaecological cancers comprising less than 5% of uterine malignancies. We present the case of a woman in her 70s with a complicated history of advanced anal carcinoma treated with pelvic radiotherapy and multiple laparotomies, who was referred to gynae-oncology following MRI surveillance imaging showing evidence of endometrial carcinoma and para-aortic lymphadenopathy. Successful surgical excision required multidisciplinary teamwork between gynae-oncology, colorectal and urology surgeons. The patient underwent midline laparotomy, with adhesiolysis, ileum resection and side to side anastomosis, posterior exenteration, left kidney mobilisation and suspension, para-aortic lymph node debulking and left ureteric stent insertion. Significant challenge was posed by the extensive adhesions from previous laparotomies and the debulking of the para-aortic lymph nodes around the renal vessels. This case demonstrates the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in complex pelvic surgery and the vitality of good communication between colleagues in achieving effective patient care.

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BMJ Case Rep

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Obstetrics, gynaecology and fertility, Surgical oncology, Female, Humans, Lymphadenopathy, Pelvis, Anus Neoplasms, Endometrial Neoplasms, Carcinosarcoma, Carcinoma