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Cervical Cancer Treatment: Medicine

Overview

If the cancer is only on the surface of the cervix, the doctor will attempt to destroy the cancerous cells using one of the methods listed for treating precancerous lesions (often, less invasive therapies like diet and body therapies). If the tumor has spread into deeper layers of the cervix, but has not spread beyond the cervix, the doctor may perform surgery to remove the tumor but leave the uterus and ovaries. In other cases, you may need to have a hysterectomy.

Vaginal use of the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) has also been suggested for the treatment early cervical dysplasia,11 but as yet no controlled studies have been reported.

Treatments

Effect of Radiation Therapy—External on Cervical Cancer

Radiation therapy can be given to treat cancer at its initial site or once it has spread. In some cases, once cancer has spread, radiation is no longer curative. However, the treatments can help...

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Effect of Chemotherapy on Cervical Cancer

Chemotherapy is the use of toxic drugs to kill cancer cells. It may be given in many forms including: pill, injection, and via a catheter. The drugs enter the bloodstream and travel through the body....

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Effect of Hysterectomy—Open Surgery on Cervical Cancer

You may have a hysterectomy if your uterus is causing health problems that cannot be treated by other means. One common reason for having a hysterectomy is to treat cervical cancer. Explore your...

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Effect of Hysterectomy—Laparoscopic Surgery on Cervical Cancer

You may have a hysterectomy if your uterus is causing health problems that cannot be treated by other means. One common reason for having a hysterectomy is to treat cervical cancer. Explore your...

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Effect of Cryosurgery on Cervical Cancer

This procedure can be done in a doctor’s office. The doctor inserts a speculum into your vagina and applies a gas—nitrous oxide or carbon dioxide—that freezes the area. The procedure usually takes...

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Effect of Cauterization on Cervical Cancer

For this procedure, the doctor inserts a speculum into your vagina and applies the instrument or substance, which “burns” off the abnormal cell area. This procedure usually takes about 15...

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Effect of Laser Surgery on Cervical Cancer

This procedure removes abnormal cell growth with an intense, narrow beam of light which heats and kills the abnormal cells. It can be done in the doctor’s office. The doctor inserts a speculum into...

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Effect of Robitic surgery on Cervical Cancer

In addition to standard surgical techniques, your physician may choose to do surgery with the assistance of a robotic device. The surgical procedures are the same as standard surgery, but the robotic...

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Effect of Biological Therapy on Cervical Cancer

Biological therapy is a treatment that uses drugs to improve the way your body’s immune system fights disease. Your immune system is your body’s natural defense against disease. A healthy and strong...

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References

  1. Suh-Burgmann E, Sivret J, Duska LR, et al. Long-term administration of intravaginal dehydroepiandrosterone on regression of low-grade cervical dysplasia—a pilot study. Gynecol Obstet Invest. 2003:55:25-31.

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