- How is cancer of the cervix treated?
- Surgery for pre-cancers and cancers of the cervix
- Radiation therapy for cancer of the cervix
- Chemotherapy for cancer of the cervix
- Clinical trials for cancer of the cervix
- Complementary and alternative therapies for cancer of the cervix
- Cervical cancer and pregnancy
- Financial help and cervical cancer
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:
Often, more than one type of treatment is needed.
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 relieving symptoms. This is called palliative treatment.
Last Medical Review: 04/24/2013
Last Revised: 01/31/2014