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.

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Squamous, Stage 1B1

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

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Squamous Cell, Stage 4B

• Name: Brittany Wagner
• 1st Symptoms: Spotting after sex, eventual significant bleeding at random
• Treatment: Chemotherapy (Cisplatin) concurrent with radiation, 6 rounds adjuvant chemotherapy (Carboplatin + Paclitaxel), 2nd round radiation, immunotherapy trial, targeted therapy (Avastin)
• Status: On targeted therapy