Cervical Cancer (cont.)
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Surgery to remove the cancer depends on the location and extent of cervical cancer and your desire to be able to have children. You also may be given radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of the two (chemoradiation). These treatments may be given before or after surgery to try to destroy any cancer cells that may remain or to help control or shrink the tumor.
Surgery for very early stages of cervical cancer may preserve your ability to have children. Surgeries include:
Surgery for most stages of cervical cancer does not preserve your ability to have children. Surgeries include:
Dealing with side effects of surgery
Side effects from surgery can include difficulty with urination or problems with bowel habits, such as constipation or diarrhea. Your ability to have or enjoy sexual intercourse may also be affected.
Home treatment may help relieve some common side effects of cancer treatment. For more information, see Home Treatment.
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