How is cancer of the cervix treated?
A. The choice of treatment for cervical cancer depends on the location and the size of the tumor, the stage (extent) of the disease, the woman’s age and general health, and other factors.Gynecologic oncologists have expertise in the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of patients with cervical carcinoma. They also have surgical expertise in the procedures of radical hysterectomy, pelvic and paraaortic lymphadenectomy, pretreatment surgical staging procedures, and exenterations for patients with recurrent cervical cancer. Gynecologic oncologists work closely with radiation therapists when this is the primary treatment modality. During that time, they function as the patient’s primary care oncologist and continue to direct their care after the radiation therapy is finished.Staging is a careful attempt to find out whether the cancer has spread and, if so, what parts of the body are affected. Blood and urine tests are usually done. The doctor also may do a thorough pelvic exam in the opera