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Cervical cancer

The information on this page was reviewed and approved by
Maurie Markman, MD, President, Medicine & Science at CTCA.

This page was updated on July 14, 2021.

Cervical cancer requires expert care. Our oncologists are here to help.

Cervical cancer forms in the cervix, the narrow organ at the bottom of the uterus that connects to the vagina. Various treatment approaches may be recommended, depending on a number of factors, such as whether the cancer has spread (metastasized) beyond the cervix. Treatment options depend on an accurate diagnosis, making it important to work with experienced cancer doctors. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) our doctors are trained and experienced in delivering comprehensive cancer care, giving them the knowledge to help you make informed decisions about your care.

The cancer care teams at CTCA® use imaging techniques like PET scans to assess whether your lymph nodes or other tissues show signs of malignancy. Our surgical oncologists are experienced in both minimally invasive and more extensive procedures.

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Treatment options

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At CTCA, cervical tumors are targeted with evidence-based treatments and technologies. Our multidisciplinary cervical cancer team may offer a variety of treatment approaches, and develop recommendations, based on each patient’s unique diagnosis and needs. Common cervical cancer treatments include:

Gynecologic oncology
A gynecologic oncologist, an oncologist with specialty training in cancers of the female reproductive system, including cervical cancer, customizes care plans for patients.

A variety of procedures may be performed, depending on the type and stage of cervical cancer, as well as your individual fertility concerns.

Chemotherapy is recommended for a significant percentage of women treated for cervical tumors.

Radiation therapy
Radiation treatments are often combined with chemotherapy to treat advanced-stage disease.

Targeted therapy
These drugs are designed to identify and counteract unique qualities of specific cancer cells.

Immunotherapy drugs may be recommended to stimulate the body’s own immune system to fight cancer.

Learn more about treatments for cervical cancer

Supportive care

Treatments for cervical cancer often cause a number of side effects that may impact patients’ quality of life, including pain, nausea and malnutrition. Our cancer experts understand that managing these side effects is important to your recovery and your quality of life. Each patient has access to a team of supportive care clinicians to help manage disease-related side effects before, during and after treatment. Some of those therapies for cervical cancer patients may include:


Behavioral health

​Our behavioral health support program is designed to support you and your caregivers before, during and after cancer treatment.


​Pain management

Pain management is a branch of medicine focused on reducing pain and improving quality of life through an integrative approach to care.


​Nutritional support

Every patient has the option of meeting with a registered dietitian.

Anne Strayham

Anne S.

Uterine Cancer

"The care I received at CTCA still amazes me. I felt genuine concern and empathy. If I was having a meltdown moment, someone was there to hand me a tissue. No one made me feel silly about the questions I had, and my questions were answered. At CTCA, I felt like my doctor cared, and that he takes the time to care. I don’t see him or the members of my care team checking their watches during an appointment with me. That alone is extraordinary to me."


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