Cervical Cancer Treatment
Englewood Health offers a variety of treatment options to best manage cervical cancer. We’re a top referral center for all types of gynecologic cancers, especially complex or difficult to treat cases.
Cervical Cancer Surgery Options
Depending on your personal needs, surgery may be your best option for effective treatment. The Englewood Health gynecologic cancer team uses the newest surgical techniques to provide maximum positive outcomes.
We work hard to stay up to date on the latest procedures and surgical approaches. Our commitment to surgical excellence makes Englewood Health a destination for women who haven’t received effective treatment elsewhere.
For some women, surgery to remove cervical tumors, the cervix, or the cervix and uterus may be necessary. If your doctor recommends surgery for cervical cancer, you may have several options, including:
- Cone biopsy: This procedure, also used as a diagnostic tool, may effectively remove very small cervical tumors. This procedure preserves your ability to become pregnant.
- Minimally invasive surgery: In some cases, minimally invasive surgery allows surgeons to safely remove the cervix and surrounding tissues, if necessary. Your doctor may choose a laparoscopic approach using a few small incisions in your abdomen. This technique helps you heal faster while avoiding complications.
- Robotic surgery: Our experts were the first to complete 1,000 robotic surgeries in the region. We use the latest generation da Vinci® surgical robots to provide superior surgical care for patients of all ages. In some cases, doctors remove the cervix, uterus, and other tissues to prevent cancer from spreading.
- Traditional open surgery: Recent research in cervical cancer has demonstrated that traditional open surgery is more effective than minimally invasive (including robotic surgery) in certain situations. Our surgical team will advise you if traditional open surgery is the best option for you.
Additionally, our surgeons take a progressive approach to blood management during your procedure. Our bloodless medicine and surgery providers help you avoid blood transfusions while improving your surgery outcomes.
Cervical Cancer Treatments and Services
Your doctor may recommend surgery along with other treatments to give you the best chance at a full recovery. Beyond surgery, your other treatment options may include:
- Chemotherapy: Certain anti-cancer drugs target and destroy cervical cancer cells. Doctors inject these drugs directly into your bloodstream, allowing them to travel throughout your body.
- Immunotherapy: In some cases, doctors prescribe medications to boost your immune system function. These drugs help your immune system work better, attacking and destroying cervical cancer cells.
- Radiation therapy: If you’ve already received cervical cancer treatment, your doctor may recommend radiation therapy to kill any remaining cancer cells. In addition, in many circumstances, chemotherapy along with radiation therapy at the same time may be the recommended first-line treatment. Radiation therapy may also help stop the growth of cancerous tumors.
- Targeted therapy: These new medications target one or more components of cancer cells, preventing them from functioning normally. In many cases, targeted therapies are combined with other treatments for maximum benefit.
As part of our commitment to excellence, Englewood Health gynecologic cancer specialists offer interstitial brachytherapy. This procedure, performed in only a small number of health care centers nationwide, is usually well tolerated and extremely effective.
Your doctor temporarily implants a small radioactive needles, known as a Syad-Neblett template, which delivers radiation directly to tumor tissue. This treatment is particularly effective for difficult to treat cervical and vaginal cancers.