Cervical Cancer (cont.)
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Precancerous Cervical Lesions Medical Treatment
Treatment for precancerous lesions differs from that of invasive cancer. Ideally, proper management of precancerous disease prevents the patient from ever getting invasive cervical cancer.
Choice of treatment for a precancerous lesion of the cervix depends on a number of factors. These factors include whether the lesion is low- or high-grade, whether a woman wants to have children in the future, her age and general health, and her preference and that of her health-care professional.
In some cases, a woman may choose to have a hysterectomy for precancerous changes, particularly if abnormal cells are found inside the opening of the cervix. This surgery is more likely to be done if a woman does not plan to have children in the future.
Diagnostic procedures, such as LEEP and cone biopsy, sometimes may be used as treatments as well.
Cryocautery may be used in some cases.
Tissue may also be removed by laser ablation.
The success of cryocautery or laser ablation procedures is determined by a follow-up examination and Pap smear.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/13/2015
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