Advanced Cervical Cancer
Patients diagnosed with Stage 4 Cervical Cancer have disease that has spread from the original cancer to one or more distant sites in the body. Stage 4 Cervical Cancer is commonly detected from an abnormal pelvic examination or symptoms produced by the patient’s cancer. Following a staging evaluation of cervical cancer, a Stage 4 cancer is said to exist if the cancer has extended beyond the cervix into adjacent organs, such as the rectum or bladder (Stage 4A), or the cancer has spread to distant locations in the body which may include the bones, lungs or liver (It’s still called cervical cancer, even though it’s moved somewhere else.) or Stage 4B.
The following is an overview for the treatment of metastatic cervical cancer. The information on this web-site is intended to help educate you about your treatment options and to create discussion to help in the decision-making process with your treatment team.
Your cancer will ultimately influence the treatments that are right for your situation.
Treatment may include surgery, radiation, targeted therapy, or a combination of these treatment techniques. Multidisciplinary treatment, which uses two or more treatment types, is important for every cancer patient and will help in creating a care plan and goals for improving a chance of cure or prolonging survival. In some cases, participation in a clinical trial may provide additional options.