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Will I need chemotherapy for cervical cancer?

You may need chemotherapy for cervical cancer. In general, earlier stages of cervical cancer can be treated with surgery, radiation treatments, or both. If your cervical cancer has progressed to stage 2 or further, your doctor might talk to you about chemotherapy, usually with radiation and surgery.

Depending on the stage of your cancer, sometimes radiation alone will be recommended as a treatment. However, clinical trials show that the combination of radiation therapy and chemotherapy with cisplatin is more effective than radiation alone for women with stage IB2 cervical cancer. This prompted the National Cancer Institute to recommend that chemotherapy be considered in all patients receiving radiation therapy for cervical cancer larger than four centimeters (cm). If you're unsure of whether chemotherapy is an option for you, talk to your healthcare professional.

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