Our Approach to Treating Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer occurs in a woman’s cervix, which is the passageway that connects the lower part of the uterus to the vagina and, along with the vagina, forms the birth canal. This type of cancer begins with abnormal changes in the healthy cells lining the cervix. If left untreated, these abnormal cells can grow uncontrollably and form malignant, or cancerous, growths on the cervix. Cervical cancer and precancerous abnormal cells can be detected through a routine Pap test, which is important because when precancerous changes are diagnosed early, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable and successfully treatable cancers.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our gynecological clinic provides highly individualized care in a single location for patients with cervical cancer and other gynecologic cancers. Our multispecialty team includes experts from all disciplines, including gynecologic oncology, radiology, pathology, radiation oncology, plastic surgery, nursing and social work. During a weekly interactive session, or tumor board review, this cohesive team meets to discuss each new patient’s plan for treatment. Using evidence-based clinical pathways, our multispecialty team identifies the specific needs of a patient and her family, and then uses this knowledge – along with the latest diagnostic tools and technology – to create an individualized treatment plan. A referral is not required to consult with a gynecologic oncologist at Moffitt. Our treatments are available to everyone, including individuals who:
- Have not been diagnosed but are concerned about cancer
- Are newly diagnosed
- Are in need of a second or third opinion
- Have had a recurrence of cancer and want to consult with a new physician
- Require a complex procedure
- Have other conditions that may complicate cancer treatment
- Are experiencing difficulties in finding appropriate care
The gynecological clinic at Moffitt offers a comprehensive array of treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgical procedures of wide-ranging complexity, from common surgeries to the latest robotic-assisted procedures. And, as a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Moffitt conducts extensive clinical trials and other research. Through these research efforts, Moffitt Cancer Center is redefining how cervical cancer and other gynecologic cancers are diagnosed and treated. As compared to the national averages, our gynecologic cancer survival rates are higher, and our patients enjoy an enhanced quality of life. To learn more about our services, please call 1-888-MOFFITT, or you can schedule an appointment online. For more information about cervical cancer and Moffitt’s program, please review our Women's Oncology TeleTalks, or refer to HER Place: the Health Education Resource Place in the gynecological clinic. Please contact us if you have any questions.