Long-term follow-up after cervical cancer treatment and subsequent successful surrogate pregnancy

Reprod Biomed Online. 2009 Aug;19(2):250-1. doi: 10.1016/s1472-6483(10)60080-6.


Preservation of fertility is a major concern for premenopausal women after diagnosis of cervical cancer. Successful surrogate pregnancy after treatment for cervical cancer has very rarely been reported. In the present report, a case of successful surrogate pregnancy after radical hysterectomy, lymphadenectomy and ovarian transposition for cervical cancer, followed by radiation therapy, is presented. After stimulation of the transposed ovaries using the short gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) analogue protocol, four oocytes were retrieved transabdominally from the genetic mother. IVF followed and two embryos were transferred to the surrogate mother, leading to an uneventful singleton pregnancy, and ultimately normal vaginal delivery of a healthy female infant at term. The unique aspect in this case is the long-lasting favourable outcome for both genetic mother and child, observed during 8.5 years of follow-up, the longest follow-up period reported to date in such cases.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Outcome*
  • Surrogate Mothers*
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms / therapy*