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There are many treatment options for people with cervical cancer. The best treatment depends on things like the stage of the cancer, your age, and your medical history.

What are the treatments for cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is very treatable, especially when it’s caught early. If you’ve been diagnosed with cervical cancer, your doctor will talk to you about cervical cancer treatment options. Depending on the cervical cancer stage and your plans for pregnancy, your treatment plan might include:

  • Surgery to remove a part of your cervix, all of your cervix, or all of your reproductive organs

  • Radiation therapy

  • Chemotherapy

Your doctor may run tests to figure out which treatments are right for you. Talk with your doctor about your options, and be honest about your concerns.

Make a list of questions you’d like to ask at each appointment. You also may find it helpful to seek a second opinion from another specialist when deciding the best treatment for you. In some cases, you might be offered a few options for treatment.

Will my cervical cancer treatment affect my sex life?

Treatment for cervical cancer shouldn’t affect your ability to experience sexual pleasure or orgasm. The vagina and clitoris are usually not impacted by treatments done on the cervix or uterus.

Chemotherapy can temporarily decrease sexual desire, but it usually comes back soon after the treatment is finished.

Can my cervical cancer treatment make me infertile?

This depends on the stage of the cancer and type of treatment you get. If you want to become pregnant in the future, make sure to tell your doctor that. There are certain procedures that leave you more likely to be able to carry a pregnancy in the future than others.

Where can I find more information?

There are many good resources available on cervical cancer:

American Cancer Society

The HPV Test

National Cancer Institute

National Cervical Cancer Coalition

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