Cervical Cancer Stories
Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment
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.
Explore below for in-depth cervical cancer stories from our community members who share everything from first symptoms to navigating life with cancer.
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
Treatment: Colposcopy with endocervical curettage, cone biopsy, total abdominal radical open hysterectomy with lymph node removal
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