Researchers at The University of Edinburgh and researchers The University of Melbourne have undertaken a joint study and found that prescribing the lung cancer drug gefitinib in addition to the current drug methotrexate is more effective at helping treat an ectopic pregnancy than the conventional drug alone and could therefore reduce the need to remove the fallopian tube in a significant number of cases.
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We are sorry that your doctor has informed you that you have an ectopic pregnancy. It is an emotionally and physically difficult time and you will probably have some questions about your treatment and what is happening to you.
We mark our 20th anniversary, which for a niche charity of our small size, is impressive. We are a world-class charity, specialising in ectopic pregnancy.
The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust’s trustees, staff, volunteers, founders, patrons and medical advisers.
The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust provides information, education and support to those affected by early pregnancy complications and to the health professionals who care for them.
Ectopic pregnancy is a common, life-threatening condition affecting 1 in 80 pregnancies. It occurs when a woman’s ovum (egg) that has been fertilised, implants somewhere instead of moving successfully down her fallopian tube into the womb to develop there.
The combination of sensitive urinary pregnancy tests, transvaginal ultrasound and serum hCG estimations enables the early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy in modern clinical practice.
Ectopic pregnancy can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms can suggest other, more usual, conditions such as gastroenteritis, miscarriage or even appendicitis. The more you can tell a doctor about what has changed, what feels different and what is worrying you, the more likely they are to be able to diagnose you.
The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust’s gold-standard for care, based on the evidence that early diagnosis improves treatment choice and reduces the emotional trauma associated with the condition, is outlined here.
The most valuable asset the EPT has is its volunteers. We are very proud that our services are delivered to such a high standard, through our trained or appropriately qualified volunteers.