Cervical cancer treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions
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Can a doctor treat cervical cancer on Maple?
Yes, in some cases a doctor from Maple will be able to offer a cervical cancer diagnosis by talking with you about your symptoms, reviewing your medical history and evaluating your condition. The doctor will most likely offer a referral to see a gynecologist, if they believe there is the possibility of cervical cancer.
As well, the doctor will suggest that you visit a clinic to have a more thorough cervical cancer screening done, in order to confirm the diagnosis. This will typically involve having a PAP smear performed.
Can I get a prescription on Maple?
Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or to have it delivered right to your door at no additional cost.
You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
What is cervical cancer?
The cervix is the lower part of the uterus, which connects to the vagina. Cervical cancer is a slow-growing cancer that occurs when cells inside the cervix mutate and begin to grow and multiply uncontrollably, forming masses called tumors.
Because this cancer forms in the cervix, it only occurs in women.
There are four cervical cancer types:
- Cervical carcinomas (also called squamous cell carcinomas). This makes up 85-90% of cervical cancer cells and is connected to HPV.
- Adenocarcinoma, which makes up 5-9% of cervical cancer cases
- Cervical sarcoma
- Small cell carcinoma
What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?
Unfortunately, there are typically no early warning signs of cervical cancer. It’s usually detected through routine check-ups, and cervical cancer pap smear tests.
Also due to the relationship between HPV and cervical cancer, being tested for HPV can also help increase the chances of detecting cervical cancer in its early stages.
However, there are some cervical cancer symptoms which appear once the cancer has begun
- Pelvic pain
- Unexplained pain during intercourse
- Bloody or watery vaginal discharge (usually accompanied by a strong/foul odour)
Unexplained vaginal bleeding after intercourse, after menopause or between periods.
What are the main causes of cervical cancer?
Direct causes for cervical cancer are still unknown at this time, but it’s believed that in most cases (9 out of 10) HPV plays a role in developing cervical cancer.
Like other cancers, some of the remaining cases can be connected to mutations in the cells of the cervix, which could be brought on by lifestyle or environmental factors (exposure to radiation or chemicals, smoking, etc.)
Is cervical cancer curable?
Yes, cervical cancer can be cured. This is especially true if cervical cancer screening detects the cancer in its early stages.
It should be noted that as the cervical cancer stages progress, the chance of curing the cancer decreases. This is why receiving cervical cancer pap smear tests are important for detecting the cancer as early as possible.
How is cervical cancer treated?
Cervical cancer treatments will depend on recommendations from your doctor, the stage of the cancer and your preferences.
Typically, after these factors are discussed, cervical cancer is treated using:
- Surgery to remove the tumor masses. In more serious cases, the cervix or cervix and uterus may be removed as well.
- Radiation (externally, internally or utilizing both)
- Targeted therapy
- Palliative Care (to assist with pain and symptom management)
How can cervical cancer be prevented?
The best ways to prevent cervical cancer are:
- Practicing safe sex to avoid contracting HPV
- Performing routine pap smear tests (to detect precancerous conditions)
- Talking to your doctor about getting the HPV vaccine
- Quit smoking
- Avoid contact with dangerous cancer-causing chemicals
- Avoid unnecessary exposure to radiation
What is Maple?
With Maple, you can start talking to a doctor about your symptoms in a matter of minutes. We’re a healthcare app for fast, convenient 24/7 access to Canadian doctors.
You simply log in, tap a button to request a consultation, and we’ll immediately connect you to a doctor via live chat or video. You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
Maple also offers an Oncology Second Opinion Navigator, which gives you the freedom to schedule an appointment with an expert oncologist, at your convenience.
The oncologist will perform an initial assessment to determine whether you’re a good candidate for a full consultation. They’ll also discuss your diagnosis with you, your past medical history, as well as answer any questions you might have.
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