Oncology and gynecology team at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center change
one woman’s life
|Maria Villar (left) is pictured with her Gynecologic Oncologist Dr. Patrick
Anderson, who is holding Yadira; Obstetrician Dr. Karen Koscica, husband
Fernondo Martinez, and 8-year son Edgar.
NEWARK, N.J. (May 8, 2013) – Bayonne resident Maria Villar beams when she describes her greatest Mother’s
Day gift. Her daughter is her favorite present this year. Ms. Villar,
a 37-year old cervical cancer survivor, thought she would not be able
to conceive and give birth a second time. According to Patrick Anderson,
M.D., a gynecological oncologist at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center,
Ms. Villar is the first documented patient in New Jersey who is known
to achieve a pregnancy after a radical trachelectomy for cervical cancer.
The surgery was conducted using the daVinci robotic surgical system.
Weighing 2 lbs., 7 oz. at birth, Yadira could fit into the palm of her
mother’s hand. Now, nearly six months later, the baby weighs almost
10 lbs. and she is healthy. Although early detection was essential for
Ms. Villar, many patients like her are unable to conceive. According to
Dr. Anderson, a radical hysterectomy is the recommended surgical approach
for the treatment of early stage cervical cancer patients. When Ms. Villar
was diagnosed in November 2010 she wanted a second child, not a hysterectomy.
Seven months after having surgery in March 2011, her doctors told her
she could try to conceive. Nine months later, she was pregnant. This wife
and mother of 8-year old Edgar remains grateful that health care professionals
and robotic surgery helped her deliver Yadira.
“We are extremely pleased that Ms. Villar entrusted her care to a
surgeon, an obstetrician and a team of health professionals from Newark
Beth Israel Medical Center,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President
and Chief Executive Officer at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s
Hospital of New Jersey and Executive Vice President of Barnabas Health.
“Our specialists at The Beth continue to be recognized for their
expertise, experience and success in high-risk pregnancy and delivery.”
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New
Jersey is home to the largest neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in New
Jersey and is a state-designated regional perinatal center for the State
of New Jersey. The NICU provides specialized care for newborns and offers
New Jersey’s only Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) therapy
for infants in severe respiratory distress.
Dr. Anderson led the surgery using the daVinci robot to remove the cervix,
blood vessels, para-cervical tissues and the upper part of the vagina.
Then, the upper part of the vagina was attached to the lower part of the
uterus. A stitch called, a cerclage, was placed around the lower uterus.
This was essential for helping Villar retain her pregnancy. The team of
physicians included Obstetrician Dr. Karen Koscica, who specializes in
high-risk births at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and the Children’s
Hospital of New Jersey.
Cervical cancer worldwide is the number one gynecological cancer. In the
United States, cervical cancer is the second most prevalent gynecological
cancer followed by uterine cancer. Cervical cancer is related to the Human
papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection. Dr. Anderson also
mentioned, “Of cancers of the reproductive system, cervical cancer
is the second most common in all women. It usually affects women between
the ages of 35 and 55.” This cancer may be caused by HPV, which
is transmitted during sexual intercourse.
However, Villar is looking forward to this weekend. “It’s a
special case. Nobody thought I would get pregnant,” said Villar.
“The thought of having my son and my daughter with us on Mother’s
Day is so exciting. This is the greatest gift ever.”
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hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities
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