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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.

What is cervical cancer?

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.

Who is at risk of cervical cancer?

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.
  • Smoking.
  • First intercourse at a younger age.
  • High number of sexual partners.
  • HIV infection.

Signs and symptoms of cervical cancer

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.

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families

Cervical cancer specialists at the London Clinic

The London Clinic’s priority is to provide our patients with support, comfort and access to the best cancer care.

The London Clinic has a team of consultant gynaecologists with specialist knowledge and skills in the surgical treatment of cervical cancer. The surgeons work within a multidisciplinary team and you may also be treated by an oncologist and offered radiography or chemotherapy.

A cancer diagnosis can be devastating. Our specialists work with multi-disciplinary teams to maintain your physical health and your emotional wellbeing. Our specialist nurses are dedicated to supporting you and your family, every step of the way. The London Clinic also offers complementary therapies and oncology counselling.

Investigations and tests at the London Clinic

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.

Treatments for cervix cancer at the London Clinic

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.

Cone biopsy: If the cancer is localised and at an early stage, the area can be selectively removed. Under general anaesthetic, your gynaecological surgeon will remove a cone of tissue containing the cancer cells. This maintains your fertility, although it may be associated with an increased risk of miscarriage in future pregnancies.

Hysterectomy: For larger or more advanced cancers, an extended operation known as a radical hysterectomy is usually needed. Under general anaesthetic, the womb, cervix and the top part of the vagina will be removed together with some of the soft tissues and structures that support the womb.

Trachelectomy: Surgery to selectively remove the cervix and lymph nodes can preserve the body of the womb and preserve fertility. It may be suitable for women with early stage cancers who have not completed their families.

Chemotherapy: Different combinations of chemotherapy can be given by mouth or intravenous injection. These can prevent the remaining cancer cells dividing and spreading.

Radiotherapy: High-energy X-ray radiation is directed at the area at the top of the vagina. The targeted beams destroy any remaining cancer cells and stop them from spreading and growing.

Treatment cost

The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments.

Please call +44 (0)20 3613 7502 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.

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