Cervical Cancer Treatment
Before starting treatment for cervical cancer, patients may want to consider taking part in a clinical trial. A clinical trial is a cervical cancer research study that is meant to help improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments. When clinical trials prove that a new treatment is better than the standard treatment, the new treatment may become the standard treatment.
It is important to have follow-up care after you have been treated for cervical cancer. Cancer can return after treatment even when the cancer appears to have been completely removed or destroyed. If undetected cancer cells remain somewhere in the body after treatment, the cancer can recur.
Throughout your follow-up care, your doctor will monitor your recovery and check for recurrence of the cancer. Checkups help ensure that any changes in your health are noted and treated as needed. Checkups may include a physical exam, Pap tests, and chest x-rays. However, between scheduled visits, you should contact your doctor right away if you experience any health problems.