Treatments for Cervical Cancer
The goal of treatment is to remove as much of the cancer as possible, while preserving the cervix and its function. Additional treatment may help to prevent the spread or recurrence of cancer. The treatment plan will often include a combination of approaches based on the characteristics of the cancer, patient's age, general health, and prognosis. Comfort measures can be provided if cervical cancer is in advanced stages.The treatment and management of cervical cancer most often involves surgery and radiation therapy. Sometimes chemotherapy or biologic therapy is used. The type of treatment depends on the location and size of the tumor, the stage of the cancer, your age and general health, and other factors.Talk to your doctor before treatment if:
- You are or think you may be pregnant—Treatment can affect the fetus, leading to birth defects. Pregnancy can change or delay planned treatment. Talk to your doctor about birth control options until treatment is completed.
- You plan on having children—Some forms of treatment may affect your fertility. There may be options available to preserve it.
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