Diagnosis & Treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering
Every year, approximately 1,300 women with gynecologic cancer — including about 200 women with cervical cancer (50 with invasive cancer) — come to Memorial Sloan Kettering to get outstanding care and leading-edge treatment, as well as access to an array of services that help guide them through therapy and recovery.
Our multidisciplinary team approach to screen, counsel, diagnose, and treat women with cervical cancer includes surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gynecologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurses, and social workers. These experts help to oversee the care of each woman with suspected or confirmed cervical cancer, giving you the benefit of our expertise and skill in treating every aspect of the disease.
Along with advances in our ability to screen for and diagnose cervical cancer at early stages, progress in minimally invasive surgical techniques has transformed the treatment of this cancer in recent years. For example, we have made refinements in the use of robotic technologies during operations, which have resulted in benefits such as decreased pain after surgery, better cosmetic results, and faster recovery.
For women who come to us with more-advanced cases of cervical cancer, our innovative approach to measuring the potential spread of cancer to lymph nodes in the pelvis – known as sentinel lymph node mapping – has made it possible to spare many women the long-term discomforts and complications that can otherwise occur.
Our researchers are also working to develop better chemotherapy agents to treat women with advanced cervical cancers. These include novel investigational drugs available only through clinical trials at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
We understand that being diagnosed and treated for cervical cancer can be difficult, especially for young women who are otherwise healthy and concerned about preserving their ability to become pregnant and have children. Many women of reproductive age with early-stage cancer come to us for a procedure that we now perform routinely, called fertility-preserving radical trachelectomy.
Learn about how we diagnose and treat cervical cancer.
- Diagnosis & Staging
Cervical cancer is usually diagnosed through a routine office visit screening with a Pap smear followed by other diagnostic and staging tests in the event that cancer cells are found.
Our multidisciplinary team approach gives each patient the benefit of our expertise and skill in treating every aspect of cervical cancer.
- Radiation Therapy & Chemotherapy
When surgery alone is not likely to be an effective cure, our doctors may recommend a combination of radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or hormonal therapy.
- Follow-Up Care
At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we are dedicated to helping cervical cancer survivors live their lives to the fullest after treatment. We offer comprehensive follow-up care for women who have been treated here as part of our institution-wide Survivorship Initiative.