July 24, 2016
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Cervical Cancer (cont.)

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What is the prognosis and survival rates for women with cervical cancer?

As with most cancers, the outlook (prognosis) is better for cancers that are detected in early stages than for advanced cancers. Prognosis for cancers is often reported in 5-year survival rates. Currently, survival rates for cervical cancer are based on patients who were diagnosed years ago, so these rates may be different in people diagnosed today and receiving modern treatments. It is also important to note that many people with cancer live far beyond 5 years, and these rates include death from any cause, not just the cancer being studied.

The 5-year survival rates by stage for cervical cancer are as follows:

  • Stage I: 80% to 93%
  • Stage II: 58% to 63%
  • Stage III: 32% to 35%
  • Stage IV: 15% to 16%

Survival rates are based on examinations of large groups of people and do not reflect the outcome or expected course for any one individual patient. Many other factors, including overall health status and the response of a cancer to treatment, can affect the prognosis for a specific patient.

What research is being done on cervical cancer?

Research is ongoing, not only to improve methods to treat cervical cancer, but also to improve methods of treating precancers and detecting cancers in early, treatable stages.

Drug treatments, including the application of antiviral medications to the cervix, are being studied as an alternative or complement to surgical management of precancerous changes in the cervix.

For existing cancers, new targeted therapies are always being studied. Testing of HPV vaccines continues to determine whether vaccines may be able to help a woman's immune system fight off an existing HPV infection.

Clinical trials are an option for many cancer patients. Clinical trials are research studies that involve actual patients, looking at new treatments or combination of treatments for a condition. Your doctor can help you decide if a clinical trial might be right for you.

A listing of clinical trials that are available for all types of conditions around the world can be found at ClinicalTrials.gov.


American Cancer Society. "Cervical Cancer."

National Cancer Institute. "Cervical Cancer."

World Health Organization. "Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Cervical Cancer."

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/4/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com

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