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Treatments for Cervical Cancer

The treatment and management of cervical cancer most often involves surgery and radiation therapy. Sometimes chemotherapy or biological 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.

Staging is a careful attempt to determine whether the cancer has spread and, if it has, what body parts are affected. The higher the stage, the more advanced the cancer and the greater the need for more aggressive therapy. Cure rates decline as the stage of the tumor increases.

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsChemotherapyRadiationOther treatmentsAlternative and complementary therapiesSurgery

Revision Information

  • American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org. Accessed January 3, 2014

  • Cervical cancer. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated December 7, 2013. Accessed January 3, 2014.

  • National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov. Accessed January 3, 2014.