Cervical Cancer

When you come to Winship Cancer Institute for cervical cancer treatment, you have a multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to your well-being.

The team of gynecologic oncology specialists 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 surgical oncology, radiation therapy 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.
  • Weekly review of patient cases by the full 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.

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. 

Visit CancerQuest

Sometimes radiation and chemotherapy are given at the same time. Low levels of chemotherapy make the cancer cells more sensitive to the radiation. The technique is called chemoradiotherapy or radiosensitization. Treatment for cervical cancer may include one or more of the following:

Surgery:

  • Cryosurgery - used for pre-invasive cancer; kills cancer cells by freezing them with a metal probe that has been cooled by liquid nitrogen.
  • Laser Surgery - used for pre-invasive cancer; laser beams are used to burn off abnormal cells or remove tissue for further study.
  • 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.
  • Simple Hysterectomy - the uterus and cervix are removed either through the vagina or the abdominal wall; results in infertility.
  • Radical Hysterectomy and Pelvic Lymph Node Dissection - the uterus, upper vagina and lymph nodes are removed through the vagina or the abdominal wall; results in infertility. Here at Winship, our doctors have pioneered a groin dissection technique for the removal of lymph nodes that improves recovery and lowers the risk of infection.
  • Pelvic Externation - for recurrent cancer; radical hysterectomy is accompanied by removal of the bladder, vagina, rectum and part of the colon; results in infertility.

Radiation: Either internal (also called brachytherapy) or external radiation may be used to treat cervical cancer. Learn more about radiation therapy treatments and services.

Chemotherapy:
 Several different 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.

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 counselorsnurse navigatorsdietitians and social service professionals.

 Consider talking with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial at Winship. Through these trials, you may have access to treatments that are not widely available.

Learn More About Clinical Trials

If you have been diagnosed with cervical cancer, we are ready to help you. Call us at 1 (888) 946-7447 or (404) 778-1900 to make an appointment or request an appointment online. 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.

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Wendy Baer MD

  • Oncology Psychiatrist
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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

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD
Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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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

Lisa Flowers MD

  • Gynecologist and Obstetrician
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Lisa Flowers MD

Lisa Flowers MD

Joan Giblin NP

  • Survivorship Program
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Joan Giblin NP

Joan Giblin NP

  • An experienced nurse practitioner specialist with extensive patient care involvement, Ms. Giblin facilitates continued good health and quality of life for cancer survivors.
  • Survivorship Program Director, Winship Cancer Institute
  • (404) 778-1900

Karen Godette MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Karen Godette MD

Karen Godette MD

Alan N. Gordon MD

  • Gynecologist and Obstetrician
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Alan N. Gordon MD

Alan N. Gordon MD

Ira R. Horowitz MD, SM

  • Gynecologist and Obstetrician
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                                 Ira R.  Horowitz MD, SM
Ira R. Horowitz MD, SM

Ira R. Horowitz MD, SM

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

Namita Khanna MD, MSPH

  • Gynecologist and Obstetrician
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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

Colleen Lewis NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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Colleen Lewis NP

Colleen Lewis NP

Joy McCall LCSW

  • Social Worker
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Joy McCall LCSW

Joy McCall LCSW

  • Located at the Winship Cancer Institute, Ms. McCall works with the Bone Marrow Transplant Center, hematology and gynecologic cancer teams and their patients.
  • Social Worker, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5899

Jane Lowe Meisel MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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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.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Elisavet Paplomata MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Elisavet Paplomata MD

Elisavet Paplomata MD

Pretesh Patel MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Pretesh Patel MD

Pretesh Patel MD

  • Dr. Patel specializes in the treatment of genitourinary and gynecological malignancies as well as the use of high-dose rate brachytherapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • At Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Ms. Perlmutter works with patients of all cancer types providing resource referrals and counseling services.
  • Social Worker, Outpatient Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7826

Heather Pinkerton RN, BSN, OCN

  • Nurse Navigator
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                                 Heather Pinkerton  RN, BSN, OCN
Heather Pinkerton RN, BSN, OCN

Heather Pinkerton RN, BSN, OCN

William Read MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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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 at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Peter Rossi MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Peter Rossi MD

Peter Rossi MD

  • Dr. Rossi is a prostate cancer expert and also specializes in the treatment of prostate, endometrial and cervical cancers.
  • Medical Director, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7004

Wilena Session

  • Clinical Research Coordinator
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Wilena Session

Wilena Session

Vinita Singh MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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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

  • 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

Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley LMSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley LMSW
Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley LMSW

Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley LMSW

  • Ms. Tinsley works with the genitourinary and gastrointestinal patients at Winship Cancer Institute and the breast, gynecological and sarcoma patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
  • Social Worker, Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5976