Cervical Cancer Treatments, Options And Procedures

Treatment For Cervical Cancer

How Do You Treat Cervical Cancer? 

Early cervical cancer can be cured or treated by removing or destroying the precancerous or cancerous tissue. There are various surgical ways to do this without removing the uterus or damaging the cervix, so that a woman can still have children in the future if possible. There are various treatments available for treating cervical cancer and some of them are done in conjunction with the other.

Getting radiation therapy: If you have one area radiated, there is a certain amount of radiation your body can have there and that's it. In other words, if you have your pelvis radiated and have reached the maximum amount of radiation for that area, you can not have radiation to that area of the pelvis again. You may have radiation done to another part of the body, depending on the distance from the area that was radiated. For instance: I had radiation for cervical cancer, so God forbid anything ever happened in that same area again, I would have to opt for another type of treatment. If I was to ever get breast cancer, then I could have radiation in the breast area because of the distance from the cervix to the breasts.

Cervical Cancer Treatment Procedures Include:

  • Cryotherapy 
    Freezes abnormal tissue and destroys the tissue
  • chemotherapy Pills -Drugs to kill of cancer usually supplied by IV or chemotherapy
  • Hysterectomy- Removal of female reproductive organs either partial or full
  • Pelvic Exenteration -Removal of most/all lower organs
  • Radical Hysterectomy - Removal of the cervix, uterus, part of the vagina and the ovaries.
  • LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure) -Thin electrical wire is placed to cut out and remove abnormal tissue (low voltage)

Gardasil -Cervical Cancer Vaccine 

About Gardasil: There is a lot of controversy about Gardasil and vaccinating young girls as young as 9, but in this day and age, it's better to protect and try to prevent, than it is to worry whether or not it sounds like you are consenting to sexual activity as a parent. You can choose not to be sexually active, that would be the best way to stop getting cervical cancer or Hpv, however; if you choose not to abstain from sex, then wear a condom or if you are a woman, make your partner wear a condom- but please know that it just "helps" and is not a full-proof method.

New research suggests that Just one-third of teen girls in the United States have received all three doses of the Hpv vaccine

Hpv and Genital wart fact sheet

The study was presented at a meeting of the AACR (American Association for Cancer Research). The study also showed that most people between ages 9 and 27, or someone who has an immediate family member in that age range, are unaware of its effectiveness. This certainly can alter the decision about getting the Hpv vaccine. Unfortunately, it  loses it's ability to reduce the incidences and deaths in cervical cancer, according to the researcher. You may read more on their website: Gardasil

You need to remember that it's the skin to skin contact that enables the Hpv virus so oral sex or the skin contact can even contract the virus if your partner has the virus. You can also read more about human papillomavirus (Hpv) genital warts.