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Treatments for Cervical Cancer

  • Amy Scholten, MPH
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Treatments for Cervical Cancer

The goal of treatment is to remove as much cancer as possible. It is also to protect the cervix and its function. Sometimes more treatment is needed. This may be to help keep the cancer from spreading or coming back.

Treatment often includes several approaches. The most common ones are surgery and radiation therapy. Sometimes chemotherapy or biologic therapy is used. It depends on:

  • Where the tumor is
  • How big the tumor is
  • The stage of the cancer
  • The patient's age and health

If cervical cancer is advanced, comfort care can be given.

Certain issues can affect treatment plans. Pregnancy can change or delay treatment. Other treatments may affect a women's ability to have children. The patient and doctor can discuss these concerns.

Treatment will be guided by a health care team. It includes doctors, surgeons, nurses, and pharmacists.

Cervical cancer treatment includes:

Sometimes people with cancer take part in clinical trials. These are studies to test new treatments. The US National Institutes of Health website has more information.


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