The cervix connects the body of the uterus to the vagina (birth canal). Cancer that develops in the cervix or in cervical cells is considered a type of gynecologic cancer. Most cervical cancers begin in the cells lining the cervix. These cells do not suddenly change into cancer. Instead, the normal cells of the cervix first gradually develop pre-cancerous changes that turn into cancer.
The information provided here is only about invasive cervical cancer. It’s not about precancerous abnormal cells found only on the surface of the cervix or other cervical changes. These cell changes are treated differently from invasive cervical cancer.
Women with abnormal cervical cells only on the surface may want to read the National Cancer Institute booklet Understanding Cervical Changes: A Health Guide for Women. It tells about abnormal cells and describes treatments.
Our gynecologic cancer care team knows it’s important to receive helpful information to choose the best treatment. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cervical cancer or any other type of gynecologic cancer, make an appointment with one of our ovarian cancer experts. We are available to provide second opinions or to create personalized treatment plans at a location convenient to you in Corvallis, Eugene, Florence, and Lincoln City.