Pregnancy after cervical cancer

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.

 

Professor Tom Bourne

Professor Tom Bourne is Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London, and Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital. He is also visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium. He has extensive clinical and research experience in early pregnancy care as well as gynaecological ultrasound. He has published over 300 academic papers with an H-index of 63. He advises NICE, is trustee of the ectopic pregnancy trust, President of the UK association of early pregnancy units (AEPU) and on the board of ISUOG. He has a private practice at The Women's Ultrasound Centres at 86 Harley Street and Parkside Hospital in Wimbledon.

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About Professor Tom Bourne

Professor Tom Bourne is Adjunct Professor at Imperial College London, and Consultant Gynaecologist at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital. He is also visiting Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium. He has extensive clinical and research experience in early pregnancy care as well as gynaecological ultrasound. He has published over 300 academic papers with an H-index of 63. He advises NICE, is trustee of the ectopic pregnancy trust, President of the UK association of early pregnancy units (AEPU) and on the board of ISUOG. He has a private practice at The Women's Ultrasound Centres at 86 Harley Street and Parkside Hospital in Wimbledon.
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