As a mom and a cancer survivor, I tell other parents, 'Don't wait to get your kids the HPV vaccine.'
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.
Blood tests, imaging exams and even surgical procedures are used to check for cancer.
Cervical cancer diagnosis
BY Linda Ryan
When I talk with others who have received a cancer diagnosis, they often want to know what my secret was. What did I do to survive cervical cancer and thyroid cancer? They are looking for a glimmer of hope.
Give your body what it needs
People don't ask me what I specifically did to beat cancer. Rather, they ask about the chemotherapy drugs that were given to me -- Cisplatin and Alimta.
I often share that...