What is new in cervical cancer research? In a large randomized clinical trial, a new human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine effectively prevented infection and disease caused by nine HPV types, including seven types that cause cervical and other cancers—five of which were not covered by the previously available HPV vaccines—and two types that cause genital warts.
Are there any new treatments for cervical cancer? The addition of bevacizumab (Avastin) to chemotherapy has improved the survival for women with advanced or metastatic cervical cancer. New immunotherapy treatments, including activated T-cells (that can recognize and kill cancer cells), therapeutic vaccines, and immune checkpoint inhibitors, have shown promise.
Can cervical cancer be fully cured? Cervical cancer is curable, but it is difficult for doctors to know for sure that it will never come back following treatment. Therefore, doctors often use the term “remission” to describe cancer that has gone away and is no longer causing symptoms.
What is the life expectancy of a woman with cervical cancer? The 5-year survival rate for all people with cervical cancer is 66%. However, survival rates can vary by factors such as race, ethnicity, and age. For White women, the 5-year survival rate is 71%. For Black women, the 5-year survival rate is 58%.