Radiotherapy for cervical cancer
The exact treatment for cervical cancer will depend on the stage of the tumor.
If the tumor is not too advanced, it can be surgically removed. Some patients will need further radiotherapy after their surgery to minimize the risk of recurrence.
If the cervical cancer is locally advanced, your treatment specialist may prefer a combination of external beam radiotherapy and chemotherapy, followed by internal radiotherapy. These sessions will occur over a period of 7 weeks, during which you will receive chemotherapy once a week.
If chemotherapy is not an option for you, your radiation treatment can be combined with hyperthermia treatment at the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC. Your tumor will be heated up to a temperature of 40C for one hour. Healthy cells are able to withstand this temperature much better than cancer cells, although the main goal of the treatment is making the cancer cells more sensitive to the radiation.
Prior to your radiotherapy, we can place markers near the opening of the cervix to determine the exact location of the tumor using the CT scan attached to the radiation machine. The radiation can be adapted according to this position for increased precision.
Internal radiation treatment is also known as brachytherapy. Your physician can tell you more about this procedure and what it means for you.