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The treatment of cervical cancer is based on keeping the patient informed and counselled. The main choices are between radiotherapy and surgical therapy, and is largely dictated by the stage of the disease, and the age and preference of the patient.

Pre-invasive disease may be treated conservatively - by ablative techniques such as cryosurgery, or by conisation or hysterectomy in older patients.

Radiotherapy or surgery may be indicated in early invasive disease depending upon the exact stage of the disease and the patient's desire for childbearing.

Late invasive disease is generally treated by radiotherapy.

Recurrent disease usually requires chemotherapy or less commonly, pelvic exenteration.

Last reviewed 10/2020