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Cervical Cancer

  • Provides information on the signs and symptoms of cervical cancer
  • Includes a tabulated summary of the various stages of cervical cancer and possible management plans
  • Guides on how to live with cervical cancer
  • Addresses common palliative care concerns

Cancer of the cervix is one of the most prevalent cancers; worldwide, almost half a million women are diagnosed with the disease each year (Ferlay et al. 2004). Cancer of the cervix is recognised as the leading virus-induced cancer in women. This chapter discusses cancer of the cervix and focuses on its patterns of spread, staging, management and more.

Contents include

  • Risk factors
  • Pre-invasive disease
    • Cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia
    • Treatment of CIN
  • Presentation
  • Diagnosis
  • Patterns of spread
  • Staging
  • Management
    • Stages IA1, IA2 and IIA
    • Advanced disease
    • Adenocarcinoma
    • Recurrent cancer of the cervix
  • Living with cervical cancer
  • Palliative care issues
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Author / Editor Biographies

Catherine Spencer is a registered nurse with post-registration qualifications in oncology and gynaecological oncology. She also holds a bachelor's degree in science (nursing). Her dissertation researched the experiences of women undergoing radical trachelectomy for early-stage cancer of the cervix. Catherine has worked in the field of gynaecological cancer for 13 years at St Bartholomew's Hospital and the Royal Marsden Hospital (both London, UK). She is the Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in gynaecological oncology at St Bartholomew's Hospital and leads a team of gynaecological oncology sp...
Huang Fang is a registered nurse and midwifery staff nurse. She holds a certificate in gynaecological oncology nursing, an advanced diploma in oncology nursing, and a bachelor's degree in nursing. Huang worked as a midwifery staff nurse, senior staff nurse, and Clinical Nurse Educator in China until April 1994. In 1994, she joined the KK Women's and Children's Hospital (Singapore). Huang has worked as an oncology nurse and senior oncology nurse in the Gynaecological Oncology Unit for more than ten years. She is a member of the Procedure Improvement Program of the Gynaeoncology Division and a m...

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