Outstanding cancer care requires an unparalleled team. Our specialists in medical oncology, chemotherapy, radiation medicine, pathology and radiology all work and consult together to deliver you the most effective treatments.

Chemotheapy is a form of medication is designed to interfere with the cancer’s ability to grow and reproduce.

A machine directs the high-energy X-rays to the area of cancer, with a goal to kill or shrink cancer cells. Learn more about our services by visiting our Radiation Oncology website.

One common treatment for cervical cancer is surgery, where a procedure is performed to remove the tumor and a margin of healthy tissue. Patients have several surgical options, and the type of surgery can depend on a few factors, such as:

  • Your overall health
  • The type and stage of your cancer
  • The size of the tumor

If the cancer has spread within the vagina, outside of the vagina to the lymph nodes or to other parts of the body, your healthcare provider may recommend one of the following treatments:

  • Cryosurgery. A cold metal probe is placed directly on the cervix. This kills the abnormal cells by freezing them. This can be done in a doctor’s office or clinic.
  • Hysterectomy. The main treatment for cervical cancer is a hysterectomy, an operation to remove the uterus and cervix. When the uterus is removed through an incision in the abdomen, it is called a simple or total abdominal hysterectomy. If the uterus is removed through the vagina, it is known as a vaginal hysterectomy.
  • Lymph node surgery. This operation removes lymph nodes from the pelvis and the area next to the aorta to see if they contain cancer cells that have spread from the cervical tumor. It is called a lymph node dissection when most or all the lymph nodes in a certain area are removed.
Markey Cancer Center is NCI-designated

The UK Markey Cancer Center was first designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2013 – a distinction that recognizes our extraordinary ability to provide world-class care for our patients. We are the only NCI-designated cancer center in Kentucky and one of only 71 in the nation.

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