Cervical cancer treatment
Cervical cancer is common, affecting more than three thousand women annually in the UK. Being diagnosed with any cancer can be overwhelming but The London Clinic can offer expert treatment, sensitive support and a comfortable, stress-free environment in which to recuperate.
As with most cancers, early diagnosis and treatment can increase the chance of a cure.
Management by a consultant with expertise in gynaecological oncology can help identify the disease, remove the cancer and support you as you recover.
The best treatment for your cervical cancer will depend on the size and stage of the tumour.
Your consultant may order some investigations to gather more information.
They will then customise your treatment according to your needs.
Your treatment recommendation is planned during a multidisciplinary team meeting.
Surgery is usually the first line of treatment and some women may need further therapy to prevent the cancer spreading or recurring.
Why choose The London Clinic
Excellence in one place
We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.
Personal care, every time
Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.
We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.
What's included in your package?
Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.
Your treatment package will include:
- Enhanced pre-admission assessment
- Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
- Personalised aftercare and follow-up
We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.
How to pay
- You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
- You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
- If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis
The cervix is the neck of the womb. It is lined by a membrane of cells that can change and become abnormal. If left, these cells can sometimes become cancerous and grow into tumours.
The risk of getting cancer is linked to age, genetic background and lifestyle. In the UK, more than half of women with cervical cancer are under 45 and although all women could potentially develop the disease, some people are at increased risk:
Women with human papillomavirus infection (HPV). Research shows that some high-risk strains of HPV may cause cervical cancer.
However, the genital wart virus, HPV, is common and easily transmitted during sexual contact.
Most infected women have no symptoms, so without testing, it’s impossible to know if you’re at risk.
Other lifestyle factors are also linked to cervical cancer but this may be because they are also associated with an increased risk of HPV infection. These include:
- The oral contraceptive pill.
- First intercourse at a younger age.
- High number of sexual partners.
- HIV infection.
In the early stages, there may be no symptoms or signs, but later you may notice:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding, including heavier loss or bleeding between periods.
- Vaginal bleeding after sex.
- Vaginal discharge which may be unpleasant or unusual.
- If the cancer grows bigger, it can block the urine flow out of the bladder, causing back pain.
The London Clinic offers a range of investigations to detect cervical cancer in a private, comfortable and efficient environment.
If you have any symptoms or wish to have a cervical screening test, contact us to make an appointment.
Cervical smear: Smear tests can detect abnormal cells on the cervix that could to lead to cancer.
Identifying these at an early stage, means they can be destroyed to prevent cancer developing.
Colposcopy: Colposcopy is a way of examining the cervix. A speculum is inserted into the vagina and a microscope is used to inspect the neck of the womb and to take biopsies.
If any abnormalities are found, treatment to destroy or remove the cells can also be performed by colposcopy.
The London Clinic has a colposcopy suite with a dedicated female nurse present. Gynaecology consultants who specialise in the assessment and treatment of cervical disease will perform the procedure and support you through the process.