Jefferson University Hospitals

Cervical Cancer

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Early detection of cervical problems is the best way to prevent cervical cancer. Annual pelvic examinations and PAP tests are the gold standard of screening tests to detect precancerous conditions that often can be treated before cancer develops.

If you are diagnosed with cervical cancer, the multidisciplinary team of Jefferson's Gynecologic Oncology Program has expertise in treating women with both premalignant and malignant conditions of the reproductive organs.

The Program staff is also a part of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and often collaborates with other cancer specialists to ensure you are receiving the most advanced treatments possible. Our specialists participate as Principal Investigators with the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), the national cooperative research organization for investigating new therapeutic approaches.

Bringing together the expertise of Jefferson oncologists, radiation oncologists, gynecologists, radiologists and other specialists, your medical team will give a thorough evaluation and devise a personalized treatment plan based on the precancerous lesions on the outside layer of your cervix or whether the abnormal cells have spread to the inside of your cervix. Our physicians may also determine if you are eligible to receive experimental treatments through clinical trials conducted at Jefferson on an ongoing basis.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Cancer Center

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center. The NCI applies this special designation only to regional referral centers with a high level of clinical services and participation in national clinical trials. This special status as a national center testifies to the work of our basic and clinical scientists and physician researchers, who are on the forefront of advances against cancer.

As one of only six cancer centers in the nation designated as a Center of Excellence by Fertile Hope, our physicians provide reproductive support to cancer patients and survivors whose cancer treatment may pose risks to fertility.

Patient and Family Support

Additionally, we will provide you and your family a support network that includes specially trained nurses, social workers, educators, fellow patients and cancer survivors. Among the wide variety of support programs offered at Jefferson is our Buddy Program, which matches cancer patients with trained volunteer cancer survivors who have been through treatment themselves. These volunteers provide one-on-one support either over the telephone or on-site in the waiting area at the Bodine Center for Radiation Therapy.

You can also access services to meet your emotional and psychological needs during your course of treatment through the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are the best way patients can receive new therapies and procedures. To find out if a clinical trial might be right for you, ask your health care provider or contact the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Clinical Research Management Office at 215-955-1661.

 

Schedule An Appointment

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to speak with a JEFF NOW® representative who will schedule an appointment for you.