Cervical Cancer Stories

Cervical cancer develops in the cells that line the cervix (lower area of the uterus). Different strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, can increase the risk of cervical cancer. There are three main types of this cancer:

  • Squamous: about 90% of cervical cancers that originate most often in the transformation zone.

  • Adenocarcinoma: make up most other cases, develop from grand cells.

  • Adenosquamous carcinomas or mixed carcinomas: the least common, a mix of the first two.

Mila Lazarevsky, Squamous, Stage 1B1

1st Symptoms: Abnormal lump in cervix area, bleeding after sex
Treatment: Chemotherapy (Cisplatin), radiation, adjuvant chemotherapy (Carboplatin + Paclitaxel

Marissa Norys, Squamous, Stage 3B

1st Symptoms: Excessive and prolonged vaginal bleeding
Chemotherapy (Cisplatin), radiation, brachytherapy

Brittany Wagner, Squamous Cell, Stage 4B

1st Symptoms: Spotting after sex, eventual significant bleeding at random
Treatment: Chemotherapy (Cisplatin) concurrent with radiation, 6 rounds adjuvant chemo, 2nd round radiation, immunotherapy trial, targeted therapy


Kristine Madzia, Adenocarcinoma, Stage 2B

1st Symptoms: Tumor found during postpartum pap smear
Colposcopy with endocervical curettage, cone biopsy, total abdominal radical open hysterectomy with lymph node removal