Cervical Cancer: Radical Trachelectomy

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A radical trachelectomy is surgery that removes thecervixand the pelviclymph nodes.Cervical cerclageis done at the same time. Theuterusis left so that later, pregnancy could occur. If pregnancy does occur, delivery would be done bycesarean(C-section).

Radical trachelectomy may be a treatment option for some young women who have early cervical cancerand who hope to preserve their fertility. Women who have had this procedure have higher rates of miscarriage and early delivery.footnote 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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Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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Current as ofMay 3, 2017