Cervical Cancer Treatment
Our patients at the Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Program at Northern Westchester Hospital can have targeted cervical cancer treatment using the most advanced minimally-invasive surgical techniques and medical technology in the country. Your surgical options may include robot-assisted surgery the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, laparoscopic biopsies, lymph node dissection and surgery of the cervix.
To find a doctor, call our referral line at 877- 4 NWH DOC (877-469-4363) or request a doctor online.
Common Symptoms of Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the lining of a woman's cervix, also known as the uterine cervix. The cervix is part of a woman's reproductive system - it connects the uterus to the vagina.
Cervical cancer used to be one of the leading causes of cancer death among American women. Survival rates have increased dramatically over the past 40 years because the development Pap tests (pap smears) has helped to identify pre-cancerous changes in the cervix.
Early-stage cervical cancer may not cause any noticeable symptoms. Symptoms that may appear during the advanced stages of this disease include:
- Trouble emptying your bladder, and an increased sense of urinary urgency
- Incontinence (accidental urination)
- Constipation or straining to have a bowel movement
- Dark blood in the stool
- Discomfort and pressure throughout the pelvic area
- Swelling in the legs
- Unexplained weight loss
- Shortness of breath and fatigue
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding or 'spotting', including periods that are heavier than normal, and bleeding after menopause
If you experience any symptoms of cervical cancer, discuss your concerns with your family doctor or gynecologist right away. Early detection is linked to significantly higher survival rates and more options for cervical cancer treatment.
Diagnosing Cervical Cancer
The first step in diagnosing cervical cancer is screening using a Pap test (pap smear), which involves your doctor or registered nurse taking a sample of your cervical cells to check for cell abnormalities. It's important to note that a Pap test alone cannot be used to diagnose cervical cancer.
Other testing for cervical cancer can include:
- A colposcopy
- Cervical biopsy
- Endocervical scraping
You may also have diagnostic imaging tests, such as an ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI..
Cervical Cancer Treatment Options
Treatment options for cervical cancer can include:
The type of treatment used depends on the stage of your cervical cancer, your age, and your overall health and wellness.
Minimally-Invasive Surgery for Cervical Cancer
Here at Northern Westchester Hospital, our team of gynecologic surgeons work closely with our oncologists, registered nurses, and other members of our cancer care team to provide you with personalized treatment for your cervical cancer.
We use ground-breaking technologies to perform surgical procedures to treat cervical cancer with minimally-invasive techniques including laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgeries such as:
- Cone biopsy
- Radical trachelectomy (alternative to hysterectomy for preserving fertility)
- Total hysterectomy
- Radical hysterectomy
- Lymph node dissection
Surgical treatment using laparoscopic techniques and the da Vinci robot can help you recover quicker and experience fewer potential complications when compared to traditional, open surgery outcomes.
By combining cutting-edge technologies with world-class medical experts and personalized, compassionate care, we're changing cervical cancer treatment experiences for our patients. To learn more about our innovative laparoscopic and robot-assisted treatment options, contact us online or call the NHW referral line at 877.4 NWH DOC (877.469.4363).