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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Will it be difficult for me to conceive after undergoing cervical cancer treatment?

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  • Prof Jonathan Carter

    Gynaecological Oncologist

    Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The University of Sydney Head Sydney Gynaecologic Oncology Group, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Head Gynaecology Services, Sydney South West … View Profile

    Fertility is really only possible if fertility sparing surgery has been undertaken. That is, with a cone biopsy or a radical trachelectomy. We do know in the situations where radical trachelectomy is undertaken in women, indeed the majority of women do not fall pregnant or attempt to fall pregnant. They wish to retain the ability to do so, should they wish to do that. Of those that do attempt to conceive, the data would suggest that 70% are successful in getting pregnant, and 2/3 of those pregnancies end up in a live birth. 42% are of term, and a quarter of which would be pre term.

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