What are complications of cervical cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Cervical cancer can lead to complications that could be emotionally upsetting. Because some levels of cervical cancer will need to be treated with a hysterectomy, some women may find that they no longer have the option of having children. There are some surgeries or procedures that can allow for some of the uterus to be saved, but miscarriage or early birth could happen more often with pregnancy after the surgery. Radiation after surgery could harm the ovaries, so eggs could be harvested for future pregnancies. Damage to the ovaries or complete removal will start menopause, no matter how old a woman is.

As cervical cancer cells start to spread into surrounding tissue, complications can include vaginal bleeding, other vaginal discharge, or pain during sex. If left untreated, cervical cancer will cause pain, bladder problems, and eventually death. Early cervical cancer usually has no symptoms and may be caught by screening tests (such as a Pap smear).

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