PET/CT and Cervical Cancer
Diagnosis and treatment
The Pap test is the best way of diagnosing early cancers of the cervix. The Pap test is a painless and simple procedure that should be done annually in women over the age of 18. The test collects and tests cells from the cervix to look for evidence of cancer.
For those who the cervical cancer has not been found at its pre-invasive stage, more extensive surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy may be considered.
For invasive cervical cancer, PET/CT scanning can help to determine the stage of the cancer immediately after it is found, so that the most suitable treatment can be arranged as PET/CT scans can show where tumor cells are growing, helping doctors determine the best course of treatment.
PET/CT can also be used to check for recurring tumours.