Other Treatments for Cervical Cancer

Targeted Therapy

Targeted therapy uses specific medications to seek out and destroy cancer cells or systems that support the cancer cells. One drug used for cervical cancer, bevacizumab, stops the growth of new blood vessels that enhance tumor growth. It is used in advanced stages of cervical cancer in combination with chemotherapy.

Side effects of targeted therapy can be serious and may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Problems with wound healing
  • An abnormal connection between the vagina and intestine—fistula (rare)

If you have any side effects, talk to your doctor. The earlier these effects are addressed, the less of an impact they will have.

References:

Cervical cancer. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114831/Cervical-cancer. Updated June 5, 2017. Accessed January 29, 2018.
Treatment option overview. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: https://www.cancer.gov/types/cervical/patient/cervical-treatment-pdq#section/_180. Updated October 13, 2017. Accessed January 29, 2018.
Targeted therapy for cervical cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cervical-cancer/treating/targeted-therapy.html. Updated December 5, 2016. Accessed January 29, 2018.
Last reviewed December 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 11/17/2015

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