Treatment for cervical cancer

Your treatment depends on where in the cervix your cancer is, how big it is, whether it has spread anywhere else in your body and your general health. 

You usually have surgery or a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy (chemoradiotherapy).

Preparing for treatment and life afterwards (prehabilitation)

There are things you can do to help you feel more in control of your physical and mental health when preparing for treatment. In the hospital, preparing for treatment is also called prehabilitation or prehab.

Treatment options

If you have been diagnosed with cervical cancer you might have surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or chemoradiotherapy. 


Surgery is one of the main treatments for cervical cancer. Find out about radical hysterectomy and radical trachelectomy, and what to expect before and after your operation.


Chemoradiotherapy means that you have chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment together. You might have it as part of your treatment for cervical cancer. 


Find out about your radiotherapy planning session and how you have treatment, and about the possible side effects. 


Chemotherapy uses anti cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. Find out when and how you might have chemotherapy for cervical cancer.


Find out what happens if you’re diagnosed with cervical cancer when you’re pregnant.

Follow up

Find out about follow up appointments and tests after treatment for cervical cancer.

Research and clinical trials

Find out about research into cervical cancer, as well as how to find clinical trials and information about how you can take part.

Last reviewed: 
21 Apr 2020
Next review due: 
21 Apr 2023
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