Medications available to treat cervical cancer include chemotherapy drugs like cisplatin or paclitaxel, among others. There is also a vaccine available to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV), which is found to be one of the primary causes of cervical cancer. The vaccine, usually administered to teenage girls and younger women before they begin any sexual activity, does not cure HPV or cervical cancer, but preventing HPV can ultimately help prevent cervical cancer.
A Answers (2)
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Chemotherapy is used to shrink cervical cancer and decrease tumor growth. It may be used alone or along with radiation (chemoradiation).
Chemoradiation, compared with radiation alone, improves survival in early-stage cervical cancer. 5 Chemoradiation can be used as the main treatment or after a hysterectomy.
Chemotherapy may be used to treat cervical cancer that has spread beyond the cervix.
Common chemotherapy medicines used to treat cervical cancer include:
- Cisplatin. Cisplatin is the medicine most often used in chemoradiation for cervical cancer.
- Fluorouracil (5-FU).
Dealing with side effects of medicines
Most chemotherapy will cause some side effects, such as nausea, vomiting and hair loss. Your doctor may also give you medicines to control and prevent nausea and vomiting. Home treatment may also help relieve other common side effects of cancer treatment.
© Healthwise, Incorporated.