Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers. Thanks to HPV vaccines, it’s also one of the most preventable. But it still occurs, and when it does, you want INTEGRIS Health fighting it with you.

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Fighting Cervical Cancer

Thanks to HPV vaccines, cervical cancer is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. However, even with the HPV vaccine, cervical cancer can occur. When it does, INTEGRIS Health is with you – and so is the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute, with the region's foremost collection of therapies, technology, physicians and specialists, bringing decades of experience to bear to fight cervical cancer.


The best way to avoid cervical cancer is to reduce your risk in the first place. When you see a physician, OB/GYN or nurse practitioner for regular well-woman checkups, they'll recommended that you get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. This vaccine not only protects against HPV, it protects against cervical cancer – because getting vaccinated may prevent up to 90% of cervical cancers.

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Understanding Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer symptoms usually begin after the cancer becomes invasive, and atypical cervical cells are spreading into neighboring tissues. It’s important to remember these symptoms could resemble those associated with other medical conditions, so be sure to consult your doctor for an accurate diagnosis if you experience:

  • Abnormal bleeding, such as between regular menstrual periods, or after intercourse.
  • Heavy and/or longer-lasting menstrual flow
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • An increase in vaginal discharge
  • Pain during intercourse

Both invasive and noninvasive cervical cancer can be detected with a Pap smear and follow-up testing. Survival rates for cervical cancer have increased sharply as preventive care practices such as these have become more mainstream, and as medical technology has advanced.

Cervical tissue is unique to tissues found in other parts of the uterus and body, and requires unique treatment. Each woman’s treatment plan is specific to her as an individual. Taken into consideration is the individual’s overall health and health history, how much the cancer has advanced, predicted course of the disease, as well as the woman’s preferences and opinions. The treatment plan may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination.

  • Cryosurgery: Using liquid nitrogen or a very cold surgical instrument to freeze off cancerous tissue.
  • Laser Surgery: A very strong light laser that can cut out or kill atypical and abnormal cells.
  • Cervical Biopsy: Cutting suspicious or cancerous cells out with a special device. Also known as "LEEP."
  • Hysterectomy: Complete or partial removal of the uterus and cervix. This may be necessary if abnormal cells are discovered inside the cervical opening.

At INTEGRIS, we offer a wide variety of support programs and services along with the Troy and Dollie Smith Wellness Center to help patients with breast cancer and their loved ones manage the physical and emotional effects of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Support services for cervical cancer include:

  • Integrative medicine clinic
  • Mind, body therapies including acupuncture, massage, and yoga
  • Research and clinical trials
  • Nutrition consultations 
  • Pastoral care, spiritual support and relaxation techniques
  • Resource Room
  • Clinical social work services
  • Counseling
  • Patient navigation and survivor care planning
  • Multi-disciplinary clinic coordination 
  • Cancer screenings 
  • Patient and family support groups

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