Discover Your Options For Cervical Cancer Treatment
Cervical cancer, that is cancer of the cervix, is a type of cancer that is slow to develop, and targets, as you would expect, the cervix. Since this is an important part of the female anatomy, it is best to know what your options are when trying to design a cervical cancer treatment plan.
The first option that should naturally come to mind is surgery. The type of surgery that is most often used is what is called a hysterectomy. In this procedure, the uterus and part of the vagina are removed. The lymph nodes made need to be removed as well, if it is discovered that the cancer has spread to them. Although effective, this is a highly invasive procedure and precludes bearing children.
A possible alternative is known as loop electro-surgical excision procedure also known in its shorter form as LEEP. This procedure is far gentler than the one described above and once it has been done, becoming pregnant is still possible. In addition to being a gentle alternative it is also a cheaper alternative.
Another option that you may want to explore is what is called a trachelectomy. In this type of procedure, the doctors will try to remove only the cancer while keeping the uterus and ovaries intact. This option is used when the cancer has not spread to other areas of the uterus.
Other options include radiation therapy, as well as complementary treatments and alternative treatments. It is important to speak no only with you doctor but also with your family. That way you can come up with a plan that includes those nearest to you. You are NOT alone.
Laura Guthrie is a former cancer patient who successfully recovered. She now shares her best of the best information to give back.