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After chemotherapy, internal and external radiation are done, can the cervix be removed?

Note: The physicians from Pennington Cancer Center at Baton Rouge General cannot provide a diagnosis or medical advice in the Ask the Expert segment because they do not have thorough knowledge of relevant personal and family medical history, and a physical examination. They can respond to general questions about cancer and its treatment.    

Question  -  After chemotherapy, internal and external radiation are done, can the cervix be removed?

Answer:  

Cervical cancer can initially be treated with surgery or radiation with chemotherapy. Sometimes, radiation and chemotherapy are recommended after surgery. When a patient has been treated with radiation and chemotherapy, there are times where removing the cervix(and uterus)may be indicated afterwards due to a recurrence of cancer or complications of treatment. This decision is best discussed with a gynecologic oncologist who is specially trained in the surgical management of these tumors and works closely with radiation oncologists to make this recommendation.

William Russell, MD

Medical Director

Radiation Oncology Pennington Cancer Center at Baton Rouge General

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