Questions and Answers
Does the RAIDs project include all types of cervical cancer or only squamous cell cervical cancer? Thank you
Thank you for your interest in RAIDs project.
All patients with cervical cancer (squamous cell cancer, adenocarcinoma, adeno-squamous) which has not been previously treated and can undergo the standart treatment in participating centers are eligible to participate in the BioRAIDs clinical study, which is a part od RAIDs project and serves to collect the biological material for analysis.
This dropbox however is not restricted to the patients participating in the RAIDs project. The main objective of this dropbox is to understand the concerns and needs of patients with cervical cancer and therefore its open to all patients.
Please don't hesitate to ask further questions. Thank you.
Hello, I would like to know which treatment can be proposed for the patient diagnosed with IIB stage of cervical cancer? Thank you
Thank you for your question.
The recommended treatment for stage IIB is upfront radiation therapy with chemotherapy (concurrent chemoradiation).
For diagnostic purposes and in order to verify whether the cancer has spread to the retroperitoneal lymph nodes, an optional surgery -retroperitoneal staging by laparoscopy- might be proposed.
Radiotherapy: Radiation therapy will be administered in 5 fractions. The size of the irradiated area varies depending on the lymph node involvement. The most recent recommendations for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides better images of the cervix, in addition it is extremely helpful to locate the cervical tumor precisely, to guide radiation therapy, as well as for monitoring of treatment response. Following the 6-8 weeks primary combined therapy additional irradiation might be proposed by your radiotherapist depending on your cancer and response. A final external boost of radiotherapy or the insertion of small radiotherapy capsules directly into the tumor area (brachytherapy) might be recommended by your physician. Again this is ideally image guided.
Chemotherapy consists in 5 to 6 weekly cycles of cisplatinum. In some cases (adenocarcinoma, incomplete local response) hysterectomy must be performed.
Surgery at the end of combined radio chemotherapy may be indicated in some cases.
In centers where a PET scanner is available, this imaging technique has been proofed useful for surveillance after treatment.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns.