Chemotherapy uses anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. There are several chemotherapy drugs which can be used to treat cervical cancer. The most common of these is Cisplatin and it may be given with other chemotherapy drugs. The drugs are usually given intravenously (by injection into a vein).
It may sometimes be used before surgery or radiotherapy to shrink the cancer and to make these treatments more effective. If it is given this way it is called neo-adjuvant chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy may also be given to women whose cancer has become advanced or if the cancer has returned after radiotherapy. In this situation, your oncology team will plan the best form of treatment for you according to your current diagnosis and will be highly individual. Some of the types of chemotherapy that are sometimes used are Cisplatin, Topotecan, Carboplatin and Paclitaxel (Taxol). These are used to try to shrink and control the disease and to relieve symptoms, to prolong a good quality of life. It is always helpful to discuss this type of chemotherapy and its side effects with your consultant.
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