cervical cancer is not treated, it may spread from the
cervix to the vagina, then into deeper tissue layers
of connective tissue around the uterus. As it progresses, it may spread to the
lymph nodes and other pelvic organs.
Advanced-stagecancer may spread to lymph nodes, to
other organs in the pelvis, causing problems with kidney and bowel function, or
to other organs in the body, such as the liver and lungs.
cancer is classified in
stages that are determined by the size of the cancer
and how far it has spread to nearby tissues and other organs, such as the
lungs, the liver, or bones. Your doctor will determine the stage of your
cervical cancer by gathering information from a variety of tests, including
X-rays. The stage of your cancer is one of the most important factors in
selecting the treatment option that is right for you. The
long-term outcome (prognosis) depends on the stage of
your cervical cancer.
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