UChicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center

UChicago Medicine is one of few hospitals nationwide — and the only one in Illinois — offering radical vaginal trachelectomy (RVT), a fertility-preserving surgical option for the treatment of cervical cancer. Our experts in gynecologic cancers and maternal-fetal medicine (high-risk maternity care) work together to help women experience successful pregnancies after having this procedure.

What is Radical Vaginal Trachelectomy?

Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) is commonly recommended as an effective treatment for cervical cancer, yet it leaves women unable to become pregnant. Radical vaginal trachelectomy offers an alternative.

Also called trachelectomy, radical trachelectomy or cervicectomy, this procedure requires removal of the cervix, surrounding tissue and the upper two centimeters of the vagina. The uterus is then connected to the remaining portion of the upper vagina, and a cerclage — or a stitch — replaces the cervix. With her uterus intact and a cerclage in place, the woman may still get pregnant and carry a baby to term.

S. Diane Yamada, MD, and Ernst Lengyel, MD, gynecologic oncologists

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Participate in a Cervical Cancer Clinical Trial

UChicago Medicine cervical cancer experts are actively conducting clinical trials of new and promising treatments.

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Program in Integrative Sexual Medicine (PRISM) for Women & Girls with Cancer

PRISM is a program designed to identify, prevent and treat sexual health problems in female cancer patients and survivors.