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.Reference 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:
- Reference Bevacizumab.
- Reference Carboplatin.
- Reference Cisplatin. Cisplatin is the medicine most often used in chemoradiation for cervical cancer.
- Reference Docetaxel.
- Reference Fluorouracil (5-FU).
- Reference Gemcitabine.
- Reference Ifosfamide.
- Reference Mitomycin.
- Reference Paclitaxel.
Dealing with side effects of medicines
Most chemotherapy will cause some Reference side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, and hair loss. Your doctor may also give you Reference medicines to control and prevent nausea and vomiting. Home treatment may also help relieve other common side effects of cancer treatment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 22, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Ross Berkowitz, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology