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Your fertility after cervical cancer

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Cervical cancer doesn't always mean you won't be able to have a baby. Gynaecologist Dr Andy Nordin says, "For very early stage cervical cancer, where the cancer is very small and confined to the cervix, there are a number of different approaches that can preserve fertility.

"A simple treatment to the cervix called a cone biopsy may be all that is required to remove the cancer, with or without an operation to remove lymph nodes in the pelvis (depending on the size of the cancer).

"Even when the cancer is a little bit larger, generally up to 2cm in diameter, there is a relatively new operation called a trachelectomy that removes the cervix and the tissues adjacent to it, but preserves the womb and the ovaries, enabling a pregnancy to be achieved. 

"However, treatments for advanced stage cervical cancer generally do not enable a woman to preserve the possibility of carrying a pregnancy in the future, although for some women it is possible to effectively treat the cancer and enable the function of the ovaries to be preserved."

For more information

Cancer Research UK

Cancerbackup (both link to external sites).

Medical Review: October 02, 2011

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