How is cancer of the cervix treated?
The treatment options for cervical cancer depend mostly on the stage of the cancer. After your cancer is staged, the doctor will tell you what choices you have. If there is anything you don't understand, ask for it to be explained. Factors other than the stage of the cancer that might have an impact on your treatment decision include your age, your overall health, and your own preferences.
Common treatments for cervical cancer include:
Some very early cervical cancers are treated with surgery alone. Most cervical cancers, though, are treated with radiation combined with chemotherapy.
It is often a good idea to get a second opinion. A second opinion can give you more information and help you feel better about the treatment plan you choose. In fact, some health plans require you to get a second opinion.
If a cure isn't likely, the goal may be to remove or destroy as much of the cancer as possible. This is to keep it from growing or spreading for as long as possible. Sometimes treatment is aimed at just relieving symptoms. This is called palliative treatment.
Last Medical Review: 10/15/2014
Last Revised: 01/07/2015