Cervical cancer is one of the most common types of cancer for women, but it is also one of the most preventable. That’s why it is so important to get a Pap test on a regular basis to help detect cervical cancer early.
If you’re without health insurance or experiencing high co-pays and deductibles, you may be eligible for The HealthyWoman Program. If eligible, The HealthyWoman Program may be able to provide free cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic testing.
If you have been diagnosed with cervical cancer, there are different treatment options from which to choose. Options depend on how advanced the cancer is and whether you want the option of becoming pregnant after treatment. Your medical provider can help you to pick the cervical cancer treatment that makes the most sense for you and your body.
Stages of Cervical Cancer
Below is an explanation of the different stages of cervical cancer.
The cancer is only located in the cervix, and has not spread to other areas of the reproductive system.
The cancer has spread to the upper vagina.
The cancer has spread to the lower vagina or to the pelvic wall.
The cancer has spread to other nearby organs.
Cervical Cancer Treatment Based on Stages
Also called a cone biopsy, conization involves removing a cone-shaped sample of tissue from the cervix. This procedure can by performed as part of the diagnosis, or in early stages of the cancer, such as Stage 0 and Stage IA1.
A total hysterectomy is a surgery that removes the uterus and the cervix. This procedure can be an option for most stages of cervical cancer.
A radical hysterectomy removes the uterus, cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Internal Radiation Therapy / Brachytherapy
For women who cannot undergo surgery, internal radiation therapy may be used as a cervical cancer treatment. Sealed radioactive material is placed directly into or near the tumor.
Chemotherapy, often combined with other treatments, attempts to prevent the growth of cancer cells through a combination of drugs.
A radical trachelectomy or radical cervicectomy is a surgery that removes the cervix, nearby tissue, lymph nodes and upper part of the vagina. The uterus is then attached to the remaining part of the vagina by a special stitch or band.
Routine cervical cancer screenings help to prevent the disease. If you’re worried about paying for cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic testing, contact The HealthyWoman Program of Central PA today. The HealthyWoman Program may be able to provide the financial support you need, at no cost to you. Fill out this brief questionnaire to find out if you are eligible.