Pelvic exenteration is a major operation (surgery). It is not suitable for everyone. You will have tests to make sure you are fit enough to have the operation. Your cancer doctor may talk to you about having other cancer treatments before the surgery, to shrink the cancer. This is called neo-adjuvant treatment.
If you decide (consent) to have pelvic exenteration, you will be referred to a specialist centre for the operation. You will be seen by a surgeon who is experienced in doing this type of surgery.
Before the operation, you will see a specialist cancer nurse. They will give you information and emotional support. Your specialist nurse and surgeon will talk to you about how the operation will change parts of your life.