Treatment for Cervical cancer
Treatment for cervical cancer during the pre-invasive stage consists of conization, laser surgery, loop electrosurgical excision procedure, cryosurgery or hysterectomy. Once the stage becomes invasive then the treatment for cervical cancer involves hysterectomy, radical trachelectomy, radiation and therapy. Women with large tumors either in the cervix or junction of cervix and the upper portion of the vagina are given chemotherapy. The same treatment is followed for women whose human papillomavirus has encroached into the pelvic area or to other organs like the rectum and the bladder which are situated right next to the cervix. Sometimes a combination of chemotherapy as well as radiation therapy can be more efficacious than by radiation therapy or chemotherapy alone in the treatment of cervical cancer.
Some time ago the FDA approved the use of Hycamtin which is the first ever drug therapy developed for advanced cervical cancer. This medication is indicated in cervical cancer that refuses to respond to either radiation or surgery. The newly approved drug can also be used in tandem with chemotherapy for better effect in the treatment of cervical cancer.