Cervical Cancer

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Cervical Cancer: What Every Woman Should Know

Treatment: Hysterectomy

Treatment: Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is often used to treat the earliest stages of cervical cancer. The procedure will completely remove the tissue affected by cancer. In a simple hysterectomy, the cervix and uterus are removed. In a radical hysterectomy, the cervix, uterus, part of the vagina, and surrounding lymph nodes are taken out. The type of hysterectomy you have depends on the size and stage of the cancer.

After a hysterectomy, a woman is no longer able to get pregnant or carry a child. If you are in the earliest stages of cervical cancer, your doctor may be able to recommend other surgical treatment options that can help you maintain your ability to have children.

By Jenilee Matz, MPH. Published January 29, 2013. Jenilee is a medical writer, health educator, and triathlete based in Charlotte, NC.