Cervical Cancer Treatment
The latest options in cervical cancer treatment are available from the multispecialty team of cancer professionals at Moffitt’s Center for Women’s Oncology. Within a single, convenient location, our patients have access to gynecologic oncologists, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists, as well as social workers, dietitians and other supportive care providers. This highly collaborative group comprises a unique tumor board, which reviews each new patient’s case in depth and determines the best possible course of treatment.
In recognition of our dedicated research efforts toward finding novel cancer treatments, Moffitt has been designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Through our robust clinical trials, we make promising experimental therapies available to patients who qualify. We are also proud to provide an extensive range of both standard and innovative surgical options for cervical cancer treatment, including:
- Laser surgery – A laser beam (narrow beam of intense light) is used like a knife to remove surface lesions, such as a tumors.
- Conization – Also known as a cone biopsy, this procedure involves the removal of a cone-shaped piece of tissue from the cervix or cervical canal.
- Robotic gynecologic surgery – Robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgery is performed with Moffitt’s da Vinci® Surgical System, which enables a surgeon to operate with precision and control using only a few small incisions, increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery.
- Trachelectomy – Through this procedure, the cervix and upper part of the vagina are removed, but the uterus remains intact.
- Hysterectomy – This surgery is performed to remove the uterus and cervix, along with the surrounding tissues, the ovaries and the upper part of the vagina.
- Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy – The goal of this surgery is to remove both ovaries and fallopian tubes.
- Radical hysterectomy – This procedure is performed to remove the uterus, cervix, part of the vagina and possibly the ovaries, fallopian tubes and/or nearby lymph nodes.
- Pelvic exenteration – This surgery is performed to remove the lower colon, rectum, bladder, cervix, vagina, ovaries and nearby lymph nodes.
At Moffitt, we also offer the latest options in chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Some patients are treated with systemic chemotherapy, through which a drug is taken by mouth or injected into a vein or muscle so that it can enter the bloodstream and reach cancer cells throughout the body to inhibit their growth. We also offer regional chemotherapy, which involves the placement of a drug directly into an area of the body where it can target the cancer cells located in that specific area.
If radiation therapy is prescribed, it can be administered externally or internally. During external radiation therapy, a machine located outside a woman’s body sends high-energy X-rays or other types of radiation toward the cancer cells to destroy them or keep them from growing. Internal radiation therapy, or brachytherapy, involves the placement of a radioactive substance (sealed within needles, seeds, wires or catheters) directly into a woman’s body at or near the cancer site.
To learn more about cervical cancer treatment options, please contact us at 1-888-663-3488 to make an appointment or you can also schedule an appointment using our new patient registration form. No referral is necessary to consult with the cervical cancer experts at Moffitt’s gynecological clinic.