Are Cervical and Ovarian Cancer Treatable?

WRITTEN BY: CancerCenter
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

For many women, understanding the symptoms and treatments for ovarian and cervical cancers may seem difficult. As with any cancer, early detection is essential in improving outcomes. Thankfully, there are tests which an detect cervical cancer early, and there are symptoms of ovarian cancers which you can look out for early on. Understandably, no two cancers are the same and only your doctor and you can create a treatment plan unique to you.

Cervical Cancer Treatment Options

Your care team may include a:

  • Gynecologist: a doctor who specializes in treatment of disease affecting the female reproductive system
  • Radiation oncologist: a doctor who uses radiation to treat your cancer
  • Medical oncologist: a doctor who uses chemotherapy and other drugs to treat your cancer
  • Gynecological oncologist: a doctor who specializes in treatment of cancers affecting the female reproductive system

After your doctor establishes the stage and depth (how far it has grown) of the cervical cancer, your team will recommend treatment options. When planning your treatment, your care team will take many factors into consideration, such as of the cancer stage, your age, your preference to have children, and general health.

You may need one or more type of treatment options. Common treatment types of cervical cancer can include:

Ovarian Cancer Treatment Options

Much like cervical cancer treatment, your options will be influenced by the stage of ovarian cancer, your general health, and other factors like if you would like to have kids in the future. These treatments may include:

  • Targeted therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
  • Hormone therapy
  • Chemotherapy

Consider your treatment options and consult your doctor for their opinion on treatments.

Developing cancer while pregnant you are pregnant is rare. Curious about treatment options while pregnant? Find out what to expect.

For more information on ovarian and cervical cancers screening and treatment options, visit the UPMC Hillman CancerCenter website.

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