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untill visiting this site i have never even heard of a trachelectomy and still unure as to what it is. I wasn't even given any option. I was diagnosed at stage 2b2 and told i was to have a radical hyst followed by radio/chemo and a 19hr long brachy appt age 27, does this sound right to evey1?
from my understanding i think they only do a trachelectomy if its an early stage or a certain size, I had a trachelectomy i was diagnosed stage 1b1 and I think it was under 4cm and confined to the cervix, also its a relatively new procedure and i dont think many hospitals do it. they also did it for me because of my age i was 24 when i was diagnosed and no kids yet, so its a way of still being able to have children but have to be delivered by C section.I hope this helps xxxxxx
I had 2b adenocarcinoma 19 yrs ago radiation and hysterectomy
Hi Heth - A trachelectomy is the removal of the cervix and the upper part of the vagina, and the surgeons then stich the top of the vagina to the uterus, in the hopes that this stitch will hold a preganancy in future. Its an option for younger women diagnoised with cervical cancer who still want to have kids.. but it is only an option if the cancer is a certain size. It would sound like its not an option for you, but do speak to your doctors about it.; There is also some really good info on the Macmillian site. Do take care of yourself, i had my radical trachelectomy on 23rd October (diagnosed stage 1b) so I know how hard all the waiting is - hang in there, Debsxx
Unfortunately a trachelectomy is only offered by certain hospitals and only to early stage cancer. I had mine done at the end of September.
I guess when it comes to cancer you do what you have to do. Everyone is different and everyone's cancer is different. I did a tonne of research and asked around too, just to make sure!
Just on another note I wasn't told to come off the pill although they didn't administer it while I was in hospital, I was told to go back on it again following surgery. I agree to take someone with you and to write everything down, it's overwhelming at times and you'll usually need contact numbers to chase appointments and ask questions.
It's a journey no-one wants to go on but it's a life changing event that can often make you stronger. Stay strong X
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