Is it possible to have a successful pregnancy after treatment for cervical cancer? The answer would appear to be yes. relatively recent advances in surgery involving a procedure called “radical trachelectomy”means that for a small selected group of women with this disease, their fertility can be retained. Unfortunately this is only applicable when the disease is very early in its natural historY.
In a study published in the journal Gynecologic Oncology, Kim and colleagues from Sloane Kettering in the States presented data to suggest pregnancy following radical trachelectomy was usually successful and ended in term birth. Most patients had stage 1B1 disease. An import factor was thought to be the use of a cervical stitch to keep the cervix closed in later pregnancy. They also found that a second pregnancy following this surgery was more likely to be associated with premature delivery.