Cervical Cancer

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Treatment Options

Today, women facing cervical cancer have better treatment options than they did even a few years ago. If detected in the precancerous stage (dysplasia), cervical cancer can often be halted with a simple procedure such as  a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) or cone biopsy can be used.

Each woman's cancer is different, as are her circumstances, preferences and beliefs. A treatment that works well for another woman may not be right for you.

The examination of these tissues will show whether your cancer is likely to grow slowly or quickly, whether it is likely to recur, and whether it is likely to respond to certain types of treatment. The treatment recommended by your doctors will depend to a large degree on the "stage" of your cancer.

Some women will have a hysterectomy to remove cervical cancer that has spread within the cervix. Other women, whose cancer has spread beyond the cervix and into surrounding tissues, will need radiation and chemotherapy in addition to surgery. And some women will be treated with radiation and chemotherapy but not surgery. 


Surgery

Surgical treatment for cervical cancer means a doctor performs an operation to remove cancerous tissue. Read about all the surgical options depending on your stage of disease.

Chemotherapy

Your doctor may recommend chemotherapy as treatment for your cervical cancer. Chemotherapy is used to treat cervical cancer to enhance the effectiveness of radiation therapy or to treat disease that has spread too widely to be treated with surgery or radiation.

Radiation Therapy

Your doctor may recommend that you have radiation therapy, which may be given after your initial surgery, or in place of surgery. You may have only radiation therapy, or you may have it in combination with chemotherapy.

Treatment for Recurrent Cervical Cancer

The treatment your doctors suggest for a recurrence of your cervical cancer will depend on a number of factors, including the type of treatment you received in the past, and the symptoms you are experiencing with the new cancer.