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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 cesarean (C-section).

Radical trachelectomy may be a treatment option for some young women who have early cervical cancer and 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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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Ross Berkowitz, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as of August 1, 2012

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