Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer specialists with Duke’s nationally ranked cancer program detect and treat cervical cancer, which is typically caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Our gynecologic oncologists are specialists in treating women with cancers that affect their reproductive system. We understand the impact cervical cancer has on your fertility, sexual function, psychological health and your family. Our doctors draw upon the latest research findings and our ongoing clinical trials to ensure you receive the best treatment for your condition.

Gynecologic Experts in Cervical Cancer

If you have cervical cancer, having a gynecologic oncologist leading your team ensures you receive the best care. Our gynecologic oncologists in Durham and Raleigh work with women with gynecologic cancers every day. We use our training and experience to tailor chemotherapy and surgical treatments to minimize cancer’s impact on your fertility and sexuality. We have dedicated radiation oncology expertise for treating cervical cancer. If surgery is needed, we are trained and experienced in performing complex procedures on the reproductive system.

If you have been diagnosed with the type of HPV that increases your risk for cervical cancer, or your Pap test results suggest precancerous or cancerous cells, we work closely with you to look for suspicious changes in the cervix so treatment can be started at the earliest possible stage. Our overarching goal is to detect cervical cancer early, tailor your treatment, and increase your chances for a positive and long-term outcome.

Choose Duke for your cervical cancer treatment because we offer:

  • Nationally ranked cancer program. We are consistently ranked among the best cancer programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, as a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Center, our cervical cancer team is recognized for exploring new treatment opportunities through ongoing clinical trials. We offer you the latest research discoveries before they are available elsewhere.
  • Access to our clinical trials. You may be eligible to participate in our ongoing clinical trials, which explore new therapies including chemotherapy drugs that slow or kill cancer cells, immunotherapy drugs that boost your body’s ability to fight cancer, and biologic therapies that block the systems that allow cancer to grow in your body.
  • Specialists in female reproductive system cancers. Studies show significant survival benefits exist when women with cervical cancer are cared for by gynecologic oncologists. 
  • Fertility services for cancer survivors. If you are concerned about the impact of chemotherapy and/or radiation on your fertility, experts at the Duke Fertility Center work closely with you to discuss fertility preservation treatments, which may include egg freezing, tissue banking, and experimental options that are available through our ongoing clinical trials.
  • Convenient appointments. We schedule your appointments quickly, coordinate your schedule with your cervical cancer team, and work with you to develop the best treatment plan.
  • Comfortable surroundings. Our new Duke Cancer Center features spacious waiting areas, a Quiet Room, large infusion rooms, and a rooftop garden area where patients — based on their treatment regimen — can receive chemotherapy outdoors.
  • Support for your whole being. Our comprehensive cancer support services range from helping patients minimize the side effects of treatment to coping with the emotional and psychological effects of diagnosis and treatment. Our breast cancer survivorship clinic also pulls together a range of resources specially designed to help survivors after treatment ends. View all of our gynecologic cancer support groups in our event calendar


Your gynecologic oncologist takes many factors into consideration — your age and health, your fertility concerns, the size and stage of your cervical cancer, and whether it has spread to other organs — when determining the right treatment approach for you.


If your primary care or OB-GYN doctor finds a positive result on your Pap test, or if you've been diagnosed with certain types of HPV, the following tests may be performed to obtain an accurate diagnosis. Many are performed in a doctor’s office. Some require a surgical procedure.

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