The cervix connects the body of the uterus to the vagina (birth canal). Most cervical cancers begin in the cells lining the cervix. These cells do not suddenly change into cancer. Instead, the normal cells of the cervix first gradually develop pre-cancerous changes that turn into cancer.
The information provided here is only about invasive cervical cancer. It's not about precancerous abnormal cells found only on the surface of the cervix or other cervical changes. These cell changes are treated differently from invasive cervical cancer.
Women with abnormal cervical cells only on the surface may want to read the National Cancer Institute booklet Understanding Cervical Changes: A Health Guide for Women. It tells about abnormal cells and describes treatments.
Review the important information you'll find here about diagnosis, staging and treatment options of invasive cervical cancer, and then request an appointment by clicking the Request an Appointment button. Or write down your questions to review them with your cancer care team at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center. We provide individualized care that focuses on your individual situation.