Cervical Cancer Facts

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Research

Cancer research gives people hope. The purpose is to look for better ways to find and treat cervical precancer and cancer. The combination of finding cancer early and developing better treatments has significantly improved the outcome for patients. There's now an approved cancer vaccine. It's helping prevent cervical cancer. Scientists are learning more about certain genes. They're finding out how changes in these genes cause the cervical cells to become cancerous. Researchers are also studying therapies that target HPV and abnormal cervical cells. Their goal is to stop them from leading to cancer. Studies continue to focus on different treatments and how best to use them.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are studies of different kinds of treatment. Many people with cervical cancer want to take part in one. Trials show how well new treatments work. They also show what the side effects of those treatments are. People who take part in studies may get to use new treatments. They also contribute in an important way to medical science.

Studies have the goal of improving treatment. Some scientists are looking for new ways to combine treatments. Others are testing new chemotherapy doses and treatment schedules. Doctors are also studying new ways to use radiation therapy. And there are studies to improve imaging for the treatment of cervical cancer.

Some studies are exploring chemotherapy and biological therapies to see how well they work for people whose cancer is not responding to other treatments. If you have cervical cancer, you may want to take part in a clinical trial. Discuss your options with your doctor. He or she can help you decide what's best for you.

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