Cervical Cancer: Radical Trachelectomy

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Cervical Cancer: Radical Trachelectomy

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A radical trachelectomy is surgery that removes the cervix and the pelvic lymph nodes. Cervical cerclage is done at the same time. The uterus is left so that later, pregnancy could occur. If pregnancy does occur, delivery would be done by caesarean (C-section).

Radical trachelectomy may be a treatment option for some young women with early stages (stage IA2 or IB1) of cervical cancer who hope to preserve their fertility. Women who have had this procedure have higher rates of miscarriage and early delivery.1

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  1. Randall ME, et al. (2009). Uterine cervix. In RR Barakat et al., eds., Principles and Practice of Gynecologic Oncology, 5th ed., chap. 22, pp. 623–681. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

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Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Donald Sproule, MD, CM, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Ross Berkowitz, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Revised October 25, 2010

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