Cervical Cancer (cont.)
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What Is the Medical Treatment for Invasive Cervical Cancer?
The most widely used treatments for cervical cancer are surgery and radiation therapy. Chemotherapy or biological therapy is sometimes used.
Cancerous cells typically invade surrounding tissues.
Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) is also used to fight cervical cancer at some stages.
External radiation comes from a large machine, which aims a beam of radiation at the pelvis.
Internal or implant radiation comes from a capsule containing radioactive material which is placed directly in the cervix.
Chemotherapy is the use of powerful drugs to kill cancer cells. In cervical cancer, it is sometimes used in combination with radiation therapy in high-risk patients, or may be used alone when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Just one drug or a combination of drugs may be given. Chemotherapy regimens are constantly changing, and a woman should discuss the best treatment options with her physician. Targeted biological treatments may also be used with chemotherapy.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/30/2016
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