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Your personal group of experts, which includes highly specialized medical, surgical, radiology and gynecological oncologists, is supported by a thoroughly trained staff. They communicate and collaborate at every step to increase your chances for successful treatment for cervical cancer.
We also offer treatment for pre-cancerous changes of the cervix and perform cervical biopsies to investigate abnormal Pap tests.
Surgery often is an integral part of cervical cancer treatment, and the surgeon’s skill can make a crucial difference in the success of these delicate operations. MD Anderson’s surgeons are among the most experienced in the nation in surgery for cervical cancer, giving them a higher level of expertise.
Procedures available may include:
- Minimally invasive procedures including robotic and laparoscopic hysterectomy
- Radical hysterectomy
- Laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, a minimally invasive procedure to determine the extent of cancer and help plan treatment
- Fertility-sparing techniques, including radical trachelectomy, a highly specialized surgery that may help some women keep the ability to have children
Over the past several years, MD Anderson has advanced cervical cancer care by leading and participating in several pivotal discoveries. For example, we led the clinical trial that demonstrated the superiority of treating cervical cancer with chemotherapy and radiation, instead of radiation alone. This changed the standard of care for cervical cancer and became the universally accepted approach. We continue to make progress toward helping women with cervical cancer by offering a range of clinical trials (research studies) for new agents.
And, at MD Anderson you’re surrounded by the strength of one of the nation’s largest and most experienced comprehensive cancer centers, which has all the support and wellness services needed to treat the whole person – not just the disease.
Understanding a disease is the first step toward finding the right care. Get the facts about cervical cancer, including the different types, how it starts and who’s at risk.
Did You Know?
The HPV vaccine prevents infection from the strains that cause most cervical, anal and oropharyngeal cancers.
Research fuels our mission to end cancer. Learn how MD Anderson researchers and physician-scientists are fighting cancer by improving prevention, detection and treatment strategies.
HPV-Related Cancers Moon Shot
Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, for which a safe and effective vaccine currently exists. MD Anderson’s HPV-Related Cancers Moon Shot™ aims to improve outcomes for cervical cancer patients through prevention initiatives and new treatments.Learn more
June 27, 2016
When triathlete Maria Lea De Jesus was diagnosed with early stage cervical cancer in 2014 after a routine Pap test, she feared being sidelined from her sport.
“I run -- a lot. I just can’t sit still,” says Lea, 49. She trains for endurance sports six days a week, year-round. Her accomplishments include completing over 10 marathons and two IRONMAN triathlons – a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run...