Cervical Cancer

This is a radical hysterectomy specimen from a patient with a small volume Stage IB squamous carcinoma of the cervix. The pale tissue in this photograph is the cervix and a margin of vagina. The cancer is the “reddish” area at the tip of the cervix. This cancer is infiltrating into the substance of the cervix and not presenting as a “mass” or “tumor”. The majority of patients with very early cancers of the cervix are adequately treated with this surgical procedure alone. Occasionally radiation treatment must be delivered to the pelvis after surgery in order to optimize the likelihood of cure.