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Treatment Options

Treatment options may consist of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, other localized therapies or any combination of these treatments.

  • Surgery may consist of the following options:

– Radical trachelectomy: Removal of the cervix, part of the vagina, and the lymph nodes in the pelvis

– Total hysterectomy: Removal of the cervix and uterus

– Radical hysterectomy: Removal of the cervix, some tissue around the cervix, the uterus, and part of the vagina

  • Chemotherapy uses anti-cancer drugs to kill or stop the growth of cancer cells
  • Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation beams to eliminate cancer cells or stop them from growing. Radiation therapy consists of external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy or internal radiation therapy

-External beam uses localized high energy radiation beams to eliminate cancer cells and keep them from growing

-Brachytherapy uses a radioactive substance, usually in the form of seeds which are placed directly into or near the cancer which helps to shrink the tumor

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