Treatment

Cervical cancer treatment depends on stage and typically involves a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery.

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Chemotherapy/Radiation

A combination of possible chemotherapy and radiation may be utilized to treat cervical cancer. This will be dependent on scan findings, fertility preservation desires and aggressiveness of the disease. Treatment with chemo and radiation is typically simultaneous and may be curative or may be followed by surgery. Advanced metastatic cervical cancer is typically treated with chemotherapy alone.

Surgery

Surgery is performed using minimally invasive robotically assisted surgery in most cases and will typically involve a radical hysterectomy (additional tissue removed along the sides of the uterus and cervix). A bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of both fallopian tubes and ovaries) will depend on your age and extent of disease. Fertility sparing surgery can be done under special circumstances where the cervix is removed but the uterus is preserved.