Cervical Cancer Treatment (Professional) (cont.)
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Treatment Option Overview
Standard treatments for patients with cervical cancer include:
Five randomized phase III trials (GOG-85, RTOG-9001, GOG-120, GOG-123, and SWOG-8797) have shown an overall survival advantage for cisplatin-based therapy given concurrently with radiation therapy,[1,2,3,4,5,6] while one trial examining this regimen demonstrated no benefit. The patient populations in these studies included women with Féderation Internationale de Gynécologie et d'Obstétrique (FIGO) stages IB2 to IVA cervical cancer treated with primary radiation therapy and women with FIGO stages I to IIA disease found to have poor prognostic factors (metastatic disease in pelvic lymph nodes, parametrial disease, or positive surgical margins) at the time of primary surgery. Although the positive trials vary in terms of the stage of disease, dose of radiation, and schedule of cisplatin and radiation, the trials demonstrate significant survival benefit for this combined approach. The risk of death from cervical cancer was decreased by 30% to 50% with the use of concurrent chemoradiation therapy. Based on these results, strong consideration should be given to the incorporation of concurrent cisplatin-based chemotherapy with radiation therapy in women who require radiation therapy for treatment of cervical cancer.[1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]
Surgery and radiation therapy are equally effective for early-stage small-volume disease. Younger patients may benefit from surgery in regard to ovarian preservation and avoidance of vaginal atrophy and stenosis.
Patterns of care studies clearly demonstrate the negative prognostic effect of increasing tumor volume. Treatment, therefore, may vary within each stage as currently defined by FIGO and will depend on tumor bulk and spread pattern.
Therapy of patients with cancer of the cervical stump is effective, yielding results comparable to those seen in patients with an intact uterus.
Treatments under clinical evaluation for patients with cervical cancer include:
Cervical cancer during pregnancy
During pregnancy, no therapy is warranted for preinvasive lesions of the cervix, including carcinoma in situ, though expert colposcopy is recommended to exclude invasive cancer. Treatment of invasive cervical cancer during pregnancy depends on the stage of the cancer and gestational age at diagnosis. The traditional approach is to recommend immediate therapy appropriate for the disease stage when the cancer is diagnosed before fetal maturity and to delay therapy only if the cancer is detected in the final trimester.[13,14] However, other reports suggest that deliberate delay of treatment to allow improved fetal outcome may be a reasonable option for patients with stage IA and early IB cervical cancer.
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