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How can radiation therapy help treat cervical cancer?

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Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to damage cancer cells and stop their growth. It targets cancer cells only in the treated area. You may get external or internal radiation, or both.

External radiation aims a beam of radiation at your pelvis. Treatments last a few minutes and usually are given 5 days a week for 5-6 weeks. You also may get an extra dose of radiation called a "boost" at the tumor site and the end.

Internal or implant radiation comes from a capsule containing radioactive material which is placed directly in the cervix. The implant puts cancer-killing rays close to the tumor while sparing most of the healthy tissue around it.

From: Cervical Cancer WebMD Medical Reference

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National Cancer Institute.  FDA: "FDA approves Gardasil 9 for prevention of certain cancers caused by five additional types of HPV." The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “Cervical Cancer Screening.” July, 2014. American Cancer Society. “American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer” and "Survival Rates for Cervical Cancer, by Stage." U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. “Cervical Cancer: Screening.”




U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. from eMedicineHealth.
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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 14, 2018

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National Cancer Institute.  FDA: "FDA approves Gardasil 9 for prevention of certain cancers caused by five additional types of HPV." The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “Cervical Cancer Screening.” July, 2014. American Cancer Society. “American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Cancer” and "Survival Rates for Cervical Cancer, by Stage." U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. “Cervical Cancer: Screening.”




U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. from eMedicineHealth.
Cervical Cancer

CDC.


 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on January 14, 2018

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