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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What various treatments are used to treat cervical cancer?

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    Prof Jonathan Carter

    Gynaecological Oncologist

    Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The University of Sydney Head Sydney Gynaecologic Oncology Group, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Head Gynaecology Services, Sydney South West … View Profile

    Early cervical cancer is usually treated with surgery, and that can be a fairly simple surgery such as a cone biopsy; or a radical trachelectomy. Both of those are simple operations are fertility sparing surgeries. Or, indeed, women can undergo definitive treatment, that is a part of a hysterectomy known as a radical hysterectomy. A radical hysterectomy is a little bit more complicated than a normal hysterectomy. Usually, in a definitive surgery or radical hysterectomy, the ovaries are retained , but obviously the uterus is removed so that has fertility implications. For advanced disease, the treatment is usually chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy.

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