Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer forms in tissues of the cervix, the organ connecting the uterus and vagina. It is usually a slow-growing cancer that may not have symptoms but can be found with regular Pap tests (a procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix and looked at under a microscope). Cervical cancer is almost always caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.

Symptoms:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

Treatment options depend on the following:

  • The stage of the cancer
  • The size of the tumor
  • The patient’s desire to have children
  • The patient’s age

Treatment of cervical cancer during pregnancy depends on the stage of the cancer and the stage of the pregnancy. For cervical cancer found early or during the last trimester of pregnancy, treatment may be delayed until after the baby is born.