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Conditions We Treat: Cervical and Endometrial Cancers

After surgery for a cervical cancer diagnosis, radiation therapy may be used for patients who have intermediate- or high-risk features, such as positive lymph nodes detected after surgery. Radiation may also be used for patients who are not surgical candidates. When used in concert with chemotherapy, radiation becomes more effective in treating cervical cancer. Through expert research and image-guided treatment strategies, Johns Hopkins offers innovative radiation therapies that cover the broad spectrum of cervical cancer.

Cervical Cancer: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

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Figure 1: MR-guided brachytherapy provides precise internal radiation while sparing normal tissues.

  • From pre-cancerous diagnosis/treatment to the treatment of advanced disease, our personalized cancer care and innovative therapies cover the broad spectrum of cervical cancer.
  • Johns Hopkins radiation oncologist Akila Viswanathan, M.D., M.P.H., was part of the team that developed an image-guided brachytherapy program for the expert management of advanced cervical cancers.
  • Johns Hopkins is the only health care system in the Maryland region to offer this magnetic resonance (MR) image-guided directed brachytherapy approach. Since starting image-guided brachytherapy for the treatment of cervical cancer, our radiation oncologists have taken the lead in teaching other medical centers how to begin similar programs.
  • Johns Hopkins pioneered the integration and use of a spacer to separate the rectum from the vagina during brachytherapy. This technique allows the physician to separate the normal tissue from the cancerous tissue during radiation treatment.
  • We offer the latest clinical trials for developing new cervical cancer treatments.
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Our Team of Cervical Cancer Specialists

Our radiation oncologists develop and deliver innovative treatment plans that target cervical cancer with precision.

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Asrari, Fariba, M.D.

Director, Johns Hopkins Breast Center - Green Spring Station
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Bladder Cancer, Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Gynecologic Cancers, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Medical Oncology, Melanoma, Metastatic Bone Disease, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Radiation Oncology, Rectal Cancer, Skin Cancer, Small Cell Lung Cancer, Squameous Cell Carcinoma, Testicular Cancer, Vulvar Cancer
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Croog, Victoria Jane, M.D.

Department of Radiation Oncology, Sibley Memorial Hospital
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Brain Cancer, Brain Metastases, Breast Cancer, CNS Autoimmune/Inflammatory Disorders, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Gynecologic Cancers, Primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma, Radiation Oncology, Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy
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Stinson, Susan Fletcher, M.D.

Medical Director, Suburban Hospital Cancer Program
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Breast Cancer, Grave's Obitopathy, Gynecologic Cancers, Keloids, Radiation Oncology
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Viswanathan, Akila Ninette, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc.

Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Professor of Oncology
Interim Director, Johns Hopkins Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Director of National Capital Region, Johns Hopkins Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences
Director of Johns Hopkins Gynecological Radiation Oncology
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Brachytherapy, Gynecologic Cancers, Gynecologic Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Uterine Cancer

Our Cervical Cancer Treatments

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Figure 2: MR simulator.

Johns Hopkins is the only provider in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., area that can offer magnetic resonance (MR) image-guided brachytherapy for the treatment of cervical cancer. By uniquely converting the MR simulator environment into an MR procedural environment, we include MR-based analysis (imaging) during the internal portion of radiation treatment. With significant clinical benefits, MR-based brachytherapy treatment offers better patient outcomes and fewer side effects.

Our radiation oncologists also use the following types of radiation therapy to treat cervical cancer:

Our Research

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  • Johns Hopkins researchers have a patient-research agreement that allows them to acquire tissue biopsies from tumors to study the genetic aspects of gynecologic cancers. The results could impact future cancer treatment and care standards.

Our Locations

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Johns Hopkins offers several convenient locations throughout the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., region that provide radiation therapy for cervical cancer.

  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center – Green Spring Station
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital
  • Johns Hopkins Health Care & Surgery Center – Bethesda 

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