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Cervical Cancer Care Centers in NJ

Why Choose Us

The Gynecologic Cancer Program at the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is comprised of an experienced team of physicians and other medical professionals who provide a full-range of state-of-the-art techniques to treat cervical cancer. The program offers patients with cervical cancer access to the Gynecologic Oncology Program at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and its promising clinical trials and innovative research.

What is Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer starts in the cells lining the cervix, the lower part of the uterus. The normal cells of the cervix can gradually develop pre-cancerous cells that turn into cancer. Only some of the women with pre-cancers of the cervix will develop cancer and for most women, these pre-cancerous cells will go away without any treatment. But for some women pre-cancers turn into cancer: treating all cervical pre-cancers can prevent almost all cervical cancers.

Cervical Cancer Symptoms

In most cases, cervical cancer does not cause noticeable symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Speak to your doctor if you have any of the following cervical cancer symptoms:
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Pelvic pain
Since cervical cancer often does not cause any symptoms, women should have routine Pap screenings. The screening checks for abnormal cells in the cervix, so they can be monitored and treated as early as possible.

Pap Screening and HPV

According to the American Cancer Society, the most important thing a woman can do to prevent cervical cancer is to be tested. The Pap test, also called a Pap smear, and the human papilloma virus (HPV) test are used for this. If a pre-cancer is found it can be treated, stopping cervical cancer before it really starts. Most invasive cervical cancers are found in women who have not had regular Pap tests.

There are also some things a woman can do to prevent pre-cancers, including:
  • Avoiding exposure to HPV
  • Getting an HPV vaccine
  • Not smoking

Cervical Cancer Treatment

Since cervical cancer can often be found early, and sometimes even prevented, by having regular Pap tests, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable cancers. Treatment options include:
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