Cervical cancer is diagnosed in over 570,000 women worldwide each year and is the fourth most common type of cancer in women. At Greater Houston Radiation Oncology with an office in Huntsville, Texas, and two offices in Houston, Texas, Kirk Kanady, MD, and Maria Sosa, MD, offer diagnostic testing, preventive screenings, and customized treatments for cervical cancer. If you have a family history of cervical cancer or need a preventive screening, call the Greater Houston Radiation Oncology office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.
Cervical cancer affects the cells in your cervix, the lower part of your uterus that connects to your vagina. This type of cancer develops when healthy cervical cells begin growing out of control.
The abnormal cell growth may be the result of an infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease. You may also be at increased risk for cervical cancer if you have a family history of the condition.
In the earliest stages of cervical cancer, you may not experience any symptoms. As the condition advances, you may experience vaginal bleeding between your periods or after menopause, when your periods stop for good.
It’s common with cervical cancer to experience persistent pelvic pain, pain during sex, and have vaginal discharge that appears bloody or foul-smelling.
The team at Greater Houston Radiation Oncology offers on-site diagnostic testing to determine if your symptoms relate to cervical cancer.
During your evaluation, your provider can use a specialized magnifying instrument to evaluate the cells in your cervix. They may take a portion of tissue for further testing at a medical lab.
To determine the stage of your cancer, the team uses in-office positron emission tomography (PET) scans and other imaging tests.
If you don’t have symptoms but have a family history or other risk factors for cervical cancer, your Greater Houston Radiation Oncology physical may recommend routine screenings to test for HPV and cancerous changes in your cervical cells.
Treating cervical cancer depends on the stage of your disease. In the early stages, you may be a candidate for surgery to remove cancerous cells. Your physician may also recommend surgery to remove your cervix and surrounding tissue or a hysterectomy to remove your uterus and cervix.
The Greater Houston Radiation Oncology team offers chemotherapy treatments following surgery to destroy all existing cancer cells. They may also recommend advanced radiation therapies, including:
If you need screening for cervical cancer or are interested in learning more about available treatments, call Greater Houston Radiation Oncology or schedule an appointment online today.