New treatment for ectopic pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy occurs in up to 2% of pregnancies.

Melbourne woman Elizabeth Cacencu lost one of her fallopian tubes when she suffered an ectopic pregnancy.

When she experienced her second ectopic pregnancy there was concern she could lose her only remaining fallopian tube and her chance to conceive naturally again.

Mrs Cacencu believes the new treatment saved her from having to have surgery and potentially lose her remaining fallopian tube.

Four months later she became pregnant again and today she is the mother of 22-month-old son Seth.

"I am extremely grateful to have avoided surgery as Seth would not be here otherwise," Mrs Cacencu said.

She was one of 12 women in a trial conducted by the Monash Institute of Medical Research (MIMR), which used methotrexate and gefitinib (Iressa, AstraZeneca) for the treatment for ectopic pregnancies.

Methotrexate is already used for the treatment of this condition.