This information is only about invasive cervical cancer. It's not about precancer, abnormal cells found only on the surface of the cervix, or other cervical changes. These cell changes are treated differently from invasive cervical cancer. Women with abnormal cervical cells only on the surface may want to read the NCI booklet Understanding Cervical Changes: A Health Guide for Women. It tells about abnormal cells and describes treatments.
This information and more about Cervical Cancer is provided by the National Cancer Institute, Or ask your cancer care team about your individual situation.
If the biopsy shows that you have cervical cancer, your doctor needs to learn the extent (stage) of the disease to help you choose the best treatment. Staging is a careful attempt to find out whether the tumor has invaded nearby tissues, whether the cancer has spread and, if so, to what parts of the body.
Doctors recommend that women help reduce their risk of cervical cancer by having regular Pap tests. Pap tests can find cervical cancer or abnormal cells that can lead to cervical cancer.
Women with cervical cancer have many treatment options. The choice of treatment depends mainly on the size of the tumor and whether the cancer has spread.