Treatments for cervical cancer

If you have cervical cancer, your healthcare team will create a treatment plan just for you. It will be based on your health and specific information about the cancer. When deciding which treatments to offer for cervical cancer, your healthcare team will consider:

  • the stage of the cancer
  • your age
  • your general health
  • whether or not you want to become pregnant in the future
  • what you prefer or want

Expert review and references

  • American Cancer Society. Cervical Cancer. 2016: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cervical-cancer/treating.html.
  • Klopp AH, Eifel PJ, Berek JS, Konstantinopoulos PA . Cancer of the cervix, vagina and vulva. DeVita VT Jr, Lawrence TS, Rosenberg SA. Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology. 10th ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2015: 72:1013-1047.
  • Kunos CA, Abdul-Karim FW, Dizon DS, Debernardo R . Cervix uteri. Chi DS, Dizon DS, Berchuck A, and Yashar C (eds.). Principles and Practice of Gynecologic Oncology. 7th ed. Philadelphia: 2017: 20: 467 - 510.
  • National Cancer Institute. Cervical Cancer Treatment (PDQ®) Health Professional Version. 2018: http://www.cancer.gov/.
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Treatments for stage 1 cervical cancer

Surgery is the main treatment for stage 1 cervical cancer. Learn about treatments for stage 1 cervical cancer.

Treatments for stage 2 cervical cancer

Chemoradiation and surgery are treatments for stage 2 cervical cancer. Learn about treatments for stage 2 cervical cancer.

Treatments for stage 3 cervical cancer

Chemoradiation and surgery are treatments for stage 3 cervical cancer. Learn about treatments for stage 3 cervical cancer.

Treatments for stage 4 cervical cancer

Treatment of stage 4 cervical cancer includes chemotherapy, radiation, targeted therapy and surgery. Learn about treatments for stage 4 cervical cancer.

Treatments for recurrent cervical cancer

Treatment of recurrent cervical cancer includes chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy and surgery. Learn about treatments for recurrent cervical cancer.

Surgery for cervical cancer

There are different surgeries used to treat cervical cancer such as cone biopsy and hysterectomy. Learn about surgery for cervical cancer.

Radiation therapy for cervical cancer

Radiation therapy is used to treat cervical cancer. Learn about the types of radiation therapy used for cervical cancer.

Chemotherapy for cervical cancer

Chemotherapy is commonly used to treat cervical cancer. Learn how and when chemotherapy is used and which chemotherapy drugs are used.

Targeted therapy for cervical cancer

Targeted therapy is sometimes used to treat cervical cancer. Learn about targeted therapy drugs used to treat cervical cancer.

Follow-up after treatment for cervical cancer

Follow-up after cervical cancer treatment varies. Learn about scheduled follow-up appointments and the procedures and tests that may be done.