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Cervical Cancer Expertise

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 12,000 women are diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer each year in the United States. Cervical cancer is typically detected when doctors do a biopsy after a suspicious Pap smear or pelvic exam. Mortality rates for cervical cancer have declined sharply as Pap screenings have become more prevalent.

Our team of gynecologic cancer specialists has extensive experience treating cervical cancer, and offer comprehensive, individualized treatment plans for your unique needs.

The Gynecologic Cancer program is located in the new Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, a warm and welcoming facility dedicated solely to the treatment of gynecologic and breast cancer.

At the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, our gynecologic cancer specialists are integrating advanced surgical and radiotherapy techniques, along with new drug therapies to provide you with the best possible outcome.

  • Early-stage smaller cancers of the cervix are treated by radical hysterectomy or radiation therapy.
  • For early stage larger cancers of the cervix, our physicians are comparing radiation therapy used alone versus radiation followed by surgery. Specific dose levels of radiation are meticulously controlled to provide optimal individualized therapy.
  • Intra-operative radiation therapy (IORT) allows doctors to deliver high-dose radiation to your tumor site during surgery
  • For locally advanced disease, a regimen of low-dose chemotherapy and radiation therapy is given concurrently. This combination potentially increases the efficacy of radiation treatment, mitigates toxic side effects and increases survival beyond radiation alone.
  • If you have recurrent disease, or have not responded to initial therapy, you may be a candidate for clinical trials of new chemotherapeutic agents or for exenteration surgery, which has improved outcomes significantly due to advances in surgical and supportive techniques.

Information on treatment for cervical cancer

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