Cervical Cancer

When your life has been affected by cervical cancer, you deserve the very best care. At Halifax Health – Center for Oncology, a first-class team of experts offer a full array of leading-edge treatment plans and technologies, providing the finest care and achieving the best outcomes.

Cervical Cancer FAQs

Cervical cancer (cancer which originates in the cervix) is one of the few types of cancer that doctors know how to prevent. There are 2 key ways to prevent cervical cancer:

Get Regular Pap Tests: These are done to find and treat any pre-cancer cells as soon as possible, before they can change into true cancer.
Prevent Pre-cancer Cells: You can do this by avoiding contact with the human papilloma virus (HPV), getting an HPV vaccine, and not smoking.

Cervical cancer is treated in three main ways. It depends on the type of cervical cancer and how advanced it is. Treatments include:

    • Surgery: Procedure where doctors physically cut out the cancer tissue
    • Chemotherapy: Uses chemicals to shrink or kill the cancer cells. These medications can be pills and/or given via IV injections
    • Radiation therapy: Uses high-energy rays to kill the cancer cells

Grade 1: Slow-growing or noncancerous. Grade 1 cancer cells appear similar to healthy cells, and can usually be cured with surgery.

Grade 2: Malignant but slow-growing. Grade 2 cells under a microscope look slightly abnormal. These tumors have the ability to spread to nearby tissues or come back after initial treatment.

Grade 3: Malignant and more quick-growing. When viewed at the microscopic level, the malignant cells show even more severe abnormalities. Can easily generate abnormal cells which can spread to other parts of the cervix.

Grade 4: Develops rapidly and has various abnormal microscopic features. Grade 4’s timeline is aggressive, and the tumors can spread to other regions of the body.

Central Florida Cancer Care

Halifax Health – Center for Oncology has produced a long list of “firsts” in oncology diagnosis and treatment. This should be a source of confidence for you, knowing we are leaders in the development of new and better ways to discover and treat cancer.