Tip #53: Cervical Cancer

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Even if a woman is diagnosed with cancer, she can still have her own biological children.

Depending on what type and stage the cancer is, there are several options. Of course, meeting with a reproductive endocrinologist before beginning your cancer treatment will optimize your likelihood of fertility preservation.

In a woman with cervical cancer, she may need to undergo surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment to achieve a cure. To ensure that her eggs are not injured by chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment, certain medications need to be avoided. If a hysterectomy is necessary, then the cancer patient may need to use a surrogate or gestational carrier.

After her oncologist has given her the okay to conceive, the cancer patient would undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF). Then, her eggs would be fertilized in the lab with her partner’s sperm. Viable embryos would be transferred into the gestational carrier’s uterus for a pregnancy.