Excisional cone as fertility-sparing treatment in early-stage cervical cancer

Anna Fagotti, Maria Lucia Gagliardi, Cristina Moruzzi, Vito Carone, Giovanni Scambia, Francesco Fanfani

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Objective: To describe a case series of early-stage cervical cancer patients treated with excisional cone instead of radical trachelectomy as fertility-sparing surgery. Design: Prospective study. Setting: University hospital. Patient(s): Early-stage cervical cancer (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage IA2-IB1), age ≤45 years, tumor ≤20 mm. Intervention(s): Cold-knife conization and laparoscopic pelvic lymphadenectomy. Main Outcome Measure(s): Recurrence and pregnancy rate. Result(s): There were 17 patients: 4 (23.5%) IA2, 13 (76.5%) IB1; 12 (70.5%) squamous cell carcinoma, 4 (23.5%) adenocarcinoma, and 1 (6%) glassy cell tumor. Four cases (23.5%) involved lymphovascular space invasion. The median number of lymph nodes removed was 18 (range 13-51). None of the patients received neoadjuvant chemotherapy, and two patients (12%) received three courses of adjuvant chemotherapy. No recurrences were observed after a median follow-up of 16 months (range 8-101 months). Two of five patients (40%) attempting to conceive had a spontaneous pregnancy and delivery. Conclusion(s): In selected and informed patients, conization and laparoscopic pelvic lymphadenectomy seems to be feasible as a fertility-sparing surgical approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1109-1112
Number of pages4
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2011


  • Cervical cancer
  • conization
  • fertility-sparing
  • pelvic lymphadenectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine


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