Cervical Cancer

When you come to Winship Cancer Institute for cervical cancer treatment, you have a multidisciplinary team of gynecologic cancer experts dedicated to your well-being. To request an appointment, call (404) 778-3401.

The team of specialists in gynecologic cancer at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University takes a coordinated approach to treating cervical cancer that incorporates all available therapies.

Our experts draw on Emory’s vast resources in gynecologic oncology, radiation oncology and medical oncology, to provide the newest, most effective practices and treatments for cervical cancer.

Our multidisciplinary care teams also include radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists and advanced practice nurses with expertise in cervical cancer.

The benefits of our multidisciplinary and highly experienced teams include:

  • Access to doctors and surgeons who rank among the top cancer experts in the world.
  • Review of patient cases by a multidisciplinary team of experts.
  • Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
  • Access to a nurse navigator to assist you throughout the treatment process.
  • Access to support programs and groups for you and your caregivers.
  • Availability of new treatment options within our clinical trials program.

Request an Appointment

If you have been diagnosed with cervical cancer, we are ready to help you. To request an appointment with our gynecologic cancer team, please contact us at (404) 778-3401. Winship experts are available to provide a second opinion.

We understand that this is a very stressful time. We welcome your questions and requests for help. Learn what to expect on your first visit.

Cervical cancer typically grows slowly with the development of precancerous changes in normal cells. Detection of abnormal cells is possible with a regular Pap smear. If a Pap smear reveals abnormal cells, further diagnostic tests are performed to determine a diagnosis

Additional tests that may be performed include:

Colposcopy: the use of a lighted instrument to closely examine the cervix. Vinegar (acetic acid) may be swabbed on the surfaces of the cervix to be examined. The acid solution makes abnormal tissues turn white and therefore easier to see. A camera may be attached to the instrument.

Biopsy: removal of a small sample of tissue for examination by a pathologist. The procedure is typically done without anesthesia and is associated with minimal pain or bleeding. It is possible to perform the biopsy during a colposcopy.

For reliable, in-depth information about cancer symptoms, staging and diagnosis, visit CancerQuest, an educational and outreach program at Emory University. 

There are several options for treatment depending on the stage of your cervical cancer and your desire for future fertility or to avoid early menopause. Your doctor will review which of the following options will best treat your cancer.

Surgery

  • Cone Biopsy - used to preserve fertility in women with early stage cancer or to obtain a sample for further study; a cone-shaped section of tissue is taken from the cervix.
  • Trachelectomy - used to preserve fertility in women with early stage cancer; removes the entire cervix leaving the uterus in place.
  • Simple Hysterectomy - removes the uterus and cervix; results in infertility.
  • Radical Hysterectomy - removes the uterus, cervix, tissue surrounding the cervix (parametria), and the upper vagina; results in infertility.
  • Salpingo-ophorectomy – removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries may also be recommended; results in infertility and menopause.
  • Lymph Node Dissection – depending on the stage of your cancer, you may also need to have lymph nodes removed from the pelvis.
  • Pelvic Exenteration - for recurrent cancer isolated to the pelvis; this is a complex procedure for select patients and requires removal of the same organs as a radical hysterectomy in addition to removal of the bladder, rectum, vagina, and possibly colon.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is used to treat cervical cancers that have spread beyond the cervix or for very large tumors (larger than 4 centimeters). External and internal radiation are used to treat cervical cancer. In many cases, chemotherapy is given with radiation. Low levels of chemotherapy make the cancer cells more sensitive to the radiation. The technique is called chemoradiation or radiosensitization. 

Chemotherapy

Several different chemotherapy drugs may also be used to treat primary or recurrent cervical cancer.

Targeted therapies

Winship's most promising research in treating cervical cancer is in personalized medicine and targeted therapies. In personalized medicine, researchers identify unique characteristics of tumors that make them vulnerable to known drugs so therapy can be tailored to an individual's cancer. In targeted therapies, investigators look for new drugs that more selectively target cancer cells with fewer side effects.

Clinical Trials

In addition to standard therapy, participating in clinical trials may be an option in certain cases. Clinical trials provide patients access to new medications that are being developed to treat cervical cancer. Consider talking with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial at Winship.

Reproductive Health Care

Some patients with cervical cancer may be candidates for preserving their fertility, the ability to get pregnant or maintain a pregnancy. Our cancer team works closely with the Emory Reproductive Center to support patients when their fertility may be impacted by cancer treatment. Ask your doctor if this is an option with your cancer diagnosis and to be referred to a fertility specialist. Visit the Emory Reproductive Center website for more information.

Supportive Oncology Care

In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselors, nurse navigators, dietitians, social service professionals, and additional specialists trained in the management of cancer symptoms, such as pain or nausea.

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Ahmad H. Al-Hajj MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Ahmad H. Al-Hajj MD
Ahmad H. Al-Hajj MD

Ahmad H. Al-Hajj MD

  • Dr. Al-Hajj is a community oncologist treating patients with cancer at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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                                 Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C
Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C

Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C

Wendy Baer MD

  • Psychiatric Oncologist
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                                 Wendy Baer MD
Wendy Baer MD

Wendy Baer MD

  • Dr. Baer helps patients and their families deal with the stress of receiving a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
  • Medical Director of Psychiatric Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD
Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Ms. Barrett leads the nutritional services team at all Winship locations providing personalized nutrition advice to patients who are undergoing cancer treatment.
  • Manager of Winship Dietitians, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5646

George G. Birdsong MD

  • Pathologist
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George G. Birdsong MD

George G. Birdsong MD

  • Located at Grady Memorial Hospital, Dr. Birdsong specializes in gynecologic cytopathology.
  • Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5947

Russell Brown LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Russell Brown LCSW
Russell Brown LCSW

Russell Brown LCSW

  • Mr. Brown works with gastrointestinal, genitourinary, breast cancer, brain cancer, gynecological, aerodigestive, and sarcoma patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
  • Social Worker, Medical Oncology, Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • (404) 686-5191

Hannah H. Collins NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Hannah H. Collins NP
Hannah H. Collins NP

Hannah H. Collins NP

Lesley B. Conrad MD

  • Gynecologic Oncologist
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Lesley B. Conrad MD

Lesley B. Conrad MD

  • Located at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Dr. Conrad specializes in the treatment of gynecologic cancers.
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3401

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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                                 Kimberly A. Curseen MD
Kimberly A. Curseen MD

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Dr. Curseen is the primary provider for the Supportive Oncology Clinic at Winship.
  • Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services , Emory Healthcare
  • (404) 778-6448

Fabienne Ehivet MS, CGC

  • Genetic Counselor
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                                 Fabienne Ehivet MS, CGC
Fabienne Ehivet MS, CGC

Fabienne Ehivet MS, CGC

Tony Y. Eng MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Tony Y. Eng MD

Tony Y. Eng MD

Lisa Flowers MD

  • Gynecologist and Obstetrician
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                                 Lisa Flowers MD
Lisa Flowers MD

Lisa Flowers MD

Alexis Galambos MS, RD, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Alexis Galambos MS, RD, LD
Alexis Galambos MS, RD, LD

Alexis Galambos MS, RD, LD

  • Ms. Galambos offers personalized nutrition advice to optimize health throughout the stages of cancer, from diagnosis to survivorship.
  • Registered Dietitian, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Heather G. Gatcombe MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Heather G. Gatcombe MD
Heather G. Gatcombe MD

Heather G. Gatcombe MD

Alan N. Gordon MD

  • Gynecologic Oncologist
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                                 Alan N. Gordon MD
Alan N. Gordon MD

Alan N. Gordon MD

Victoria Green MD, MHSA, JD, MBA

  • Gynecologist and Obstetrician
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                                 Victoria Green MD, MHSA, JD, MBA
Victoria Green MD, MHSA, JD, MBA

Victoria Green MD, MHSA, JD, MBA

Chanhee Han MD

  • Gynecologic Oncologist
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                                 Chanhee Han MD
Chanhee Han MD

Chanhee Han MD

Sheela Hanasoge MBBS, PhD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Sheela Hanasoge MBBS, PhD
Sheela Hanasoge MBBS, PhD

Sheela Hanasoge MBBS, PhD

  • Dr. Hanasoge practices general radiation oncology and specializes in the treatment of breast, genitourinary and gynecological cancer.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 616-1000

Elise Hitron MSN, FNP-C

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Elise Hitron MSN, FNP-C
Elise Hitron MSN, FNP-C

Elise Hitron MSN, FNP-C

Ira R. Horowitz MD, SM, FACOG, FACS

  • Gynecologic Oncologist
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                                 Ira R.  Horowitz MD, SM, FACOG, FACS
Ira R. Horowitz MD, SM, FACOG, FACS

Ira R. Horowitz MD, SM, FACOG, FACS

  • An internationally renowned gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Ira Horowitz is the John D. Thompson Professor and Chairman of the Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine.
  • John D. Thompson Professor and Chair, Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3401

Emily M. Huskey RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Emily M. Huskey RD, CSO, LD
Emily M. Huskey RD, CSO, LD

Emily M. Huskey RD, CSO, LD

  • A Registered Dietitian, Ms. Huskey provides cancer patients who are undergoing treatment at Winship Cancer Institute with personalized nutrition advice.
  • Registered Dietitian, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-4526

Christina Jenkins MSN, MHA, FNP-C

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Christina Jenkins MSN, MHA, FNP-C
Christina Jenkins MSN, MHA, FNP-C

Christina Jenkins MSN, MHA, FNP-C

  • Ms. Jenkins specializes in the care of patients with a variety of solid tumor diagnoses including brain, breast, lung, skin, gastrointestinal and genitourinary cancers.
  • Nurse Practitioner, Inpatient Service, Emory University Hospital
  • (404) 778-1900

Sandra J. Karem LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Sandra J. Karem LCSW
Sandra J. Karem LCSW

Sandra J. Karem LCSW

Rachel Keller RD, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Rachel Keller RD, LD
Rachel Keller RD, LD

Rachel Keller RD, LD

Namita Khanna MD, MSPH

  • Gynecologic Oncologist
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                                 Namita  Khanna MD, MSPH
Namita Khanna MD, MSPH

Namita Khanna MD, MSPH

  • Dr. Khanna collaborates with Winship's gynecologic cancer teams to deliver top care to patients with ovarian, endometrial, and cervical cancers.
  • Director, Pelvic Surgery Fellowship, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3401

Ashish Khanna MD

  • Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist
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                                 Ashish Khanna MD
Ashish Khanna MD

Ashish Khanna MD

  • Dr. Khanna focuses on the identification and treatment of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and other issues resulting from cancer and related treatments.
  • Director of Cancer Rehabilitation, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Kelly Klimansky RN, BSN

  • Nurse Navigator
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                                 Kelly Klimansky RN, BSN
Kelly Klimansky RN, BSN

Kelly Klimansky RN, BSN

Uma Krishnamurti MD, PhD

  • Pathologist
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                                 Uma Krishnamurti MD, PhD
Uma Krishnamurti MD, PhD

Uma Krishnamurti MD, PhD

  • Dr. Krishnamurti's clinical interests include cytopathology, surgical pathology and breast/gynecological pathology.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5947

Colleen Lewis NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Colleen Lewis NP
Colleen Lewis NP

Colleen Lewis NP

  • Ms. Lewis is Director of Clinical Operations for the Phase I Clinical Trials Program at Winship Cancer Institute.
  • Director of Clinical Operations, Phase I Clinical Trials Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

James V. Little MD

  • Pathologist
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                                 James V. Little MD
James V. Little MD

James V. Little MD

  • Dr. Little provides surgical pathology and cytopathology services at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5947

Joy McCall LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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                                 Joy  McCall LCSW, OSW-C
Joy McCall LCSW, OSW-C

Joy McCall LCSW, OSW-C

  • Located at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Ms. McCall works with the medical oncology teams and their patients.
  • Social Worker, Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 938-0918

Jane Lowe Meisel MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Jane Lowe Meisel MD
Jane Lowe Meisel MD

Jane Lowe Meisel MD

  • Dr. Meisel is passionate about women's health, and specializes in treating patients with breast and gynecologic malignancies.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Marina Mosunjac MD

  • Pathologist
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                                 Marina  Mosunjac MD
Marina Mosunjac MD

Marina Mosunjac MD

  • Dr. Mosunjac's specializes in gynecologic and breast pathology.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5947

Neela Natarajan MD

  • Community Oncologist
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                                 Neela Natarajan MD
Neela Natarajan MD

Neela Natarajan MD

Ashish B. Patel MD, MBA

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Ashish B. Patel MD, MBA
Ashish B. Patel MD, MBA

Ashish B. Patel MD, MBA

  • Dr. Patel specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal and gynecologic cancers, and in brachytherapy and stereotactic body radiotherapy
  • Medical Director, Radiation Oncology, Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital
  • (404) 778-3473

Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

  • Spiritual Health Manager
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                                 Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv
Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

  • Caroline has a passion for offering compassionate, respectful, and effective patient/family-centered care in a multi-faith, multi-cultural environment.
  • Manager of Spiritual Health Support and Community Care, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (470) 446-7844

William Read MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 William Read MD
William Read MD

William Read MD

  • Dr. Read is a medical oncologist who cares for patients with gynecologic malignancies, brain tumors, sarcomas of soft tissue and bone and complicated skin cancers.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Jill Remick MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Jill Remick MD
Jill Remick MD

Jill Remick MD

Wilena Session

  • Clinical Research Coordinator
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                                 Wilena Session
Wilena Session

Wilena Session

Vinita Singh MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 Vinita Singh MD
Vinita Singh MD

Vinita Singh MD

  • Dr. Singh collaborates with oncologists to provide state-of-the-art therapies to cancer patients suffering from pain symptoms.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2410

Christine Stanislaw MS, CGC

  • Genetic Counselor
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                                 Christine Stanislaw MS, CGC
Christine Stanislaw MS, CGC

Christine Stanislaw MS, CGC

  • Ms. Stanislaw provides genetic counseling, including risk assessment and test coordination, for individuals concerned about the possibility of hereditary cancer susceptibility.
  • Director of Genetic Counseling, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Ajay Tadepalli MD

  • Community Oncologist
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                                 Ajay Tadepalli MD
Ajay Tadepalli MD

Ajay Tadepalli MD

  • Dr. Tadepalli is a community oncologist treating cancer patients at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and The Emory Clinic at Buford.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Christine R. Tallo MMSc, CGC

  • Genetic Counselor
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                                 Christine R. Tallo MMSc, CGC
Christine R. Tallo MMSc, CGC

Christine R. Tallo MMSc, CGC

Pepper Wilson RD, LD, CSO

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Pepper Wilson RD, LD, CSO
Pepper Wilson RD, LD, CSO

Pepper Wilson RD, LD, CSO

Ali J. Zarrabi MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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                                 Ali J. Zarrabi MD
Ali J. Zarrabi MD

Ali J. Zarrabi MD

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