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Cervical Cancer Pathfinder

According to the A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia, cervical cancer is cancer of the uterine cervix, the portion of the uterus attached to the top of the vagina. Ninety percent of cervical cancers arise from the flattened or "squamous" cells covering the cervix. Most of the remaining ten percent arise from the glandular, mucus-secreting cells of the cervical canal leading into the uterus.

Internet Resources Books Journal Articles Support

Internet Resources Cervical Cancer
Provides access to authoritative documents from the National Cancer Institute, including information about treatment, supportive care and clinical trials.
National Cervical Cancer Coalition
Includes health news, patient information, support resources and more for cervical cancer patients and survivors..


Cancer Survivor's Nutrition & Health guide: Eating Well and Getting Better During and After Cancer Treatment. Spiller G; Bruce B. 1997.
Cervical Cancer: Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer. Longe J. Ed. 2006. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at
Cone Biopsy: Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers. Senagore A, ed. 2004. Available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at
Diagnosis, Cancer: Your Guide to the First Months of Healthy Survivorship. Harpham W. 2003.
Everyone's Guide to Cancer Therapy: How Cancer is Diagnosed, Treated and Managed Day to Day. Dollinger M., et al. 2002.
When a Parent has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children. Harpham WS. 1997.
Women and Cancer. Runowicz C. 1999.

Journal Articles

"A Doctor Talks about HPV Vaccination." Harvard Women's Health Watch. 14(12):1-2. Robb-Nicolson C. August 2007.
"American Cancer Society Guideline for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Use to Prevent Cervical Cancer and its Precursors." CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 57(1):7-28. Saslow D., et al. January-February 2007.
"Effects of Different Chemotherapy Regimens on Survival for Advanced Cervical Cancer: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." Cancer Treatment Reviews. 33(1):24-38. Tzioras S., et al. February 2007.
"HPV Vaccines: The Beginning of the End for Cervical Cancer." Current Opinion in Immunology. 19(2):232-8. Leggatt G. and Frazer I. April 2007.
"New Cervical Vaccine Highly Promising, but Questions Remain." Harvard Women's Health Watch. 14(12):1-3.
"New Vaccine Prevents Cervical Cancer." FDA Consumer. 40(5):37. September-October 2006.


Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Health Learning Center has joined forces with the American Cancer Society's Patient Navigator Program to provide assistance to patients and families dealing with cancer. To take advantage of this unique service, provided by a licensed clinical social worker, call 312-926-4282.