Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix. The cervix is part of the female reproductive system. After a cervical cancer diagnosis, doctors perform exams and tests to determine the stage of the cancer. Those stages range from zero (in situ - localized cancer cells that have not spread to surrounding tissue) to four (cancer has spread to the lymph nodes or another organ). If women have regular tests (pap smears) to detect cervical abnormalities, it is rare for cervical cancer to progress beyond early stages without detection. Therefore, we encourage regular screening for cervical cancer.
Our cervical cancer survival measures track five-year survival of cervical cancer patients who were either first diagnosed or treated for cervical cancer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital between the years of 1998 and 2001, separated by the stage of cancer in which they were first diagnosed or treated.
Our cervical cancer measure is:
Please note: The National Cancer Database requires that reporting hospitals have at least 30 cases in a single stage of cancer to generate a survival report. During the five year period in question (1998 - 2001), we did not diagnose or treat enough stage 0, 2, 3 or 4 cervical cancer cases to report our survival rates.