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Cervical Cancer: Radical Trachelectomy


Topic Overview

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 cesarean (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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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerRoss Berkowitz, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last RevisedAugust 30, 2010

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