The treatment method(s) chosen depend on several factors, such as the type of cervical cancer, stage of the disease, general health of the patient, and whether other treatments have been utilized. Find out which cervical cancer treatment option is most appropriate, when.
Surgical Methods Used to Treat Cervical CancerSurgery is commonly used to treat cervical cancer. In many instances, surgery is combined with other treatment methods, like chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The type of surgery chosen to treat cervical cancer depends on the stage and other factors.
Surgical treatments for cervical cancer include:
ChemotherapyChemotherapy is prescribed to treat cervical cancer and also to help radiation therapy be more effective. Chemotherapy drugs work by killing cancer cells or preventing them from multiplying. Several chemotherapy drugs are available to treat cervical cancer and will be prescribed according to the stage of cancer, type of cervical cancer, and other health factors.
Radiation TherapyRadiation therapy uses high energy beams to reduce the size of a tumor or to kill cancer cells. This type of treatment can be done internally with radioactive materials that are implanted in the uterus or externally with the use of a radiation therapy machines.
Often prescribed with chemotherapy, radiation therapy is an effective method of treating cervical cancer. It can however, be prescribed alone, or before or after chemotherapy. Radiation treatment plans depend on the stage of cervical cancer, other treatment methods used, and the general health of the patient.