Cervical cancer is a hard battle to deal with no matter what the circumstances are. But, when you are pregnant, this can put added stress on an already stressful situation. Even though this is a rare occurrence, there are things that can be done.
If you are diagnosed with cervical cancer while you are pregnant, there are decisions that need to be made. One of the main decision factors will be the stage of the pregnancy. You will also need to take into consideration the stage of the cancer.
If your cancer has been diagnosed at an early stage, you may be able to keep the pregnancy to term. But, your doctor will probably recommend a hysterectomy once the baby is born. You may need to have a cesarean birth and it is usually recommended to have the surgery as soon as the baby is born.
If you have a vaginal delivery, it will probably be recommended to have the hysterectomy a few weeks after the birth. There is however the possibility that you cccan have a cone biopsy. If you are able to have this, there is still the possibly that you will be able to have another baby in the future.
Unfortunately, if you need to have a hysterectomy, the chances of you being able to have any more children are slim to none. You also have to take into consideration if the cancer is too far along and treatment cannot be prolonged.
If this is the case, you will have to make the decision on terminating the pregnancy. Your doctor will probably recommend the termination of the pregnancy if you are three months less in your term. This would be the safest precaution for the mother to have a good survival rate.
There are five different stages to cervical cancer and the treatment for each stage is different. If you are diagnosed, the best measure is to discuss your options with your physician. Your doctor or midwife will be able to point you in the best direction for you depending on the stage of your cancer during pregnancy.