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From the moment you receive a cervical cancer diagnosis, the multi-disciplinary team at Novant Health Cancer Institute will surround you with experts in surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy and integrative oncology. Our highly specialized gynecological cancer experts are skilled at performing complex surgeries and delivering the latest treatments for cervical cancer. You’ll receive a personalized treatment plan tailored to meet your health and personal needs.
Understanding cervical cancer
Cervical cancer affects the cells of the cervix, located in the lower portion of the uterus. The experienced gynecologic oncology team at Novant Health Cancer Institute treats all stages of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is typically found from a PAP test or the HPV test. Almost all cervical cancers are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus) and are most frequently diagnosed in women aged 35 to 44.
What are cervical cancer symptoms?
The most common symptoms for cervical cancer are bleeding, watery discharge, and pelvic pain. Pap screenings and HPV vaccines are critical in preventing cervical cancer. The two main types of cervical cancer are squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma. Almost 90% of all cervical cancers are squamous cell carcinomas, which involve the outer surface of the cervix. Adenocarcinomas are found in the cervical canal glands.
How is cervical cancer diagnosed?
A diagnosis of cervical cancer is usually made following an abnormal pap smear or during an exam for abnormal bleeding or discharge. Following a diagnosis, you may need other imaging tests like a CT, MRI, or PET scan. These tests help determine the stage of the disease so our team can develop the best treatment plan for you.
How is cervical cancer treated?
The appropriate treatment for you depends on the stage of disease and factors such as your desire for fertility. Treatments for cervical cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. In addition to chemotherapy, we may use targeted therapies and immunotherapies.
Our gynecologic oncologists are experienced in these medical treatments and work closely with radiation oncologists to improve your chance for the best outcome possible. Our symptom care team will create a plan to reduce side effects like nausea and weakness, so you can focus on recovery.
Cervical Cancer Treatments
Who treats Cervical cancer?
Your care team will be led by a gynecologic oncologist, a highly specialized expert in cancers of the female reproductive system. Your gynecologic oncologist can diagnose and manage your overall treatment including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapy.
A gynecologic oncologist is also a board-certified surgeon, skilled at performing complex surgeries using the latest technology-assisted surgical equipment. As one of the top performers of gynecological surgery in the state, the surgeons at Novant Health Cancer Institute use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible, so you can heal more quickly.
Radiation may be recommended as the primary treatment for your cervical cancer along with chemotherapy. As part of your collaborative cancer team, your radiation oncologist prescribes, oversees, and performs any radiation therapies you may require.
Treating cervical cancer goes beyond removing cancerous tumors. Depending on the nature of your cancer, you'll have many specialists on your side. These could include a fertility and reproductive health specialist, nurse navigator, physical therapist, dietitian, and counselors to help with the emotional highs and lows of cancer treatment.
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