Mexico´s National Institute of Cancerlogy (“INCan” by its initials in Spanish)* applies successfully treatments for cervical cancer in reproductive age women, which allows them to preserve fertility.

At a press conference, the Head of the Gynecology Department of the INCan, Doctor David Isla Ortiz, noted that with early detection is possible to identify this cancer when there are minor injuries that may be curable.

This treatment -Radical Trachelectomy- is not invasive as the traditional where the cervix is ​​removed through the abdomen; instead, it consists in small incisions that reduce the recovery time of the patient, postoperative discomfort and the risk that the tumor develops again.

The Head of the Gynecology Department said that currently women delay pregnancy after age 30, increasing the chances that it matches with the diagnosis of cervical cancer or that the tumor develops before pregnancy. Therefore, this treatment is an option to preserve fertility.

He added that patients of reproductive age who are candidates for Radical Trachelectomy must wish to be mothers, be under 40 years old and their tumor must be smaller than two centimeters of diameter.

Doctor Isla Ortiz stressed that the National Institute of Cancerlogy is the only hospital in Mexico where Radical Laparoscopic Trachelectomy is performed. In two years, there have been five interventions of this kind in women of reproductive age, with 100 percent of success.

Other procedures that may preserve fertility are Simple Trachelectomy, Radical Vaginal Trachelectomy (RVT) and Radical Abdominal Trachelectomy. With them, in two and a half years there have been performed 74 interventions.

At the press conference, they presented the testimony of Michelle Alejandra Vargas Gaitan, a 33-year-old woman, diagnosed with cervical cancer and one of the first patients that underwent this surgery at INCan, by Radical Laparoscopic Trachelectomy. Currently, she is free of cervical cancer and plans, she said, to have two children.

For his part, the Deputy Director General of the National Institute of Cancerology, Doctor Angel Herrera Gomez, reported that the Popular Insurance covers all costs for that intervention.

Mexico´s National Institute of Cancerology is placed in the South of Mexico City and is a third level hospital that provides specialized medical care for cancer patients and is also a center of reference and governing body of cancer in Mexico.

 This institute directs its actions of patient care for people that is not beneficiary of social security service. Provides services with efficiency, quality and warmth, with a multidisciplinary approach in diagnostic process, treatment, rehabilitation and monitoring. In addition, it is a center of medical education and investigation.

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