Chemoradiation for cervical cancer

Radiotherapy is often given with chemotherapy. Doctors call this chemoradiation. The chemotherapy drugs make the cancer cells more sensitive to radiotherapy. The combination of treatments can be more effective than having radiotherapy alone.

The chemotherapy drug most commonly used is cisplatin. It is usually given once a week throughout your radiotherapy.

The side effects of chemoradiation are similar to radiotherapy side effects. But they can be more severe. Your doctor, radiographer or specialist nurse can give you more information about chemoradiation and the possible side effects of treatment.

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Surgery for cervical cancer

Find out about the operations used for cervical cancer. We also have information about what happens before and after surgery.

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy rays, usually x-rays and similar rays (such as electrons) to treat cancer.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is sometimes used to treat cervical cancer. Find out how this treatment works and learn about its possible side effects.

Clinical trials

Many people are offered a trial as part of treatment. Find out more to help you decide if a trial is right for you.

Life after cancer treatment

You might be thinking about how to get back to normal following treatment. Find advice, information and support about coping with and after cancer.