Treatment for cervical cancer
The treatment recommended by your doctors will depend on the stage of the cancer; your age and general health; and whether you would like to have children in the future. You may have more than one treatment, and treatments may be given in different orders and combinations.
If becoming a parent is important to you, talk to your doctor before starting treatment and ask for a referral to a fertility specialist. Learn more about fertility options.
Learn more about:
- Treatment options by stage
- Making treatment decisions
- Radiation therapy
- Targeted therapy
- Palliative treatment
Treatment options by stage
|early||Usually treated with surgery to remove the cancer. May have chemoradiation after surgery.|
|locally advanced||Usually treated with two types of radiation therapy (chemoradiation followed by brachytherapy). Surgery may or may not be used.|
|advanced||May have radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, chemoradiation and/or surgery.|
Podcast: Making Treatment Decisions
Dr Pearly Khaw, Lead Radiation Oncologist, Gynae-Tumour Stream, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Dr Deborah Neesham, Gynaecological Oncologist, The Royal Women’s Hospital and Frances Perry House, VIC; Kate Barber, 13 11 20 Consultant, VIC; Dr Alison Davis, Medical Oncologist, Canberra Hospital, ACT; Krystle Drewitt, Consumer; Shannon Philp, Nurse Practitioner, Gynaecological Oncology, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and The University of Sydney Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, NSW; Dr Robyn Sayer, Gynaecological Oncologist Cancer Surgeon, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, NSW; Megan Smith, Senior Research Fellow, Cancer Council NSW; Melissa Whalen, Consumer.
We also thank the health professionals, consumers and editorial teams who have worked on previous editions of this title.
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