Sparing fertility while treating cervical cancer

By: Laurie Ott
By: Laurie Ott

According to the national cancer institute, cervical cancer is a serious health threat among women.

Many women are diagnosed during their reproductive years.

However, there is a special procedure to help them battle the disease while preserving the ability to conceive. It involves removing cervical tissue in a way that spares fertility.

"The operation saves the fundus, or the top part of the uterus, but treats the cervical cancer by removing the cancer and surrounding tissue and removes the lymph nodes. And if the margins or the edges of the specimen appear healthy and they don't have cancer, the top part of the uterus can be repaired back to the top part of the vagina, the patient menstruates normally and they are able to have children," says Dr. Nadeem Abu-Rustem of Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Regularly scheduled pap smears are absolutely crucial in catching cervical cancer.


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