Cervical cancer survival rates

Survival rates decrease as the stage of cervical cancer becomes more advanced and the cancer involves other body organs.1

Cervical cancer survival rates
Stage of cancer Tissue involvement Treatment 5-year survival rate

Stage IA

Microinvasive with minimal invasion into deeper cell layers

Cone biopsy or hysterectomy


Stage IB

Minimal invasion into deeper cell layers

Surgery or radiation plus chemotherapy


Stage II

May extend beyond the cervix such as into the upper vagina, but not into the connective tissue surrounding the uterus or onto the pelvic wall

Surgery or radiation plus chemotherapy


Stage III

Cancer involves the pelvic sidewall and lower vagina

Radiation and chemotherapy


Stage IV

Cancer has spread to other body organs (metastatic disease)

Radiation and chemotherapy


Chemotherapy given at the same time as radiation treatment (chemoradiation) improves survival rates in stages IB, IIA, IIB, IIIA, IIIB, and stage IVA cervical cancer.2, 3, 4

About 35% of women with cervical cancer will have persistent or recurrent disease.5 Recurrences usually develop in the first 2 years after initial treatment, so close monitoring is recommended.6


  1. Holschneider CH (2007). Premalignant and malignant disorders of the uterine cervix. In AH DeCherney et al., eds., Current Diagnosis and Treatment Obstetrics and Gynecology, 10th ed., pp. 833–854. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical Publishing Division.
  2. Waggoner SE (2003). Cervical cancer. Lancet, 361: 2217–2225.
  3. Thigpen T (2003). The role of chemotherapy in the management of carcinoma of the cervix. Cancer Journal, 9(5): 425–432.
  4. Eifel PJ, et al. (2004). Pelvic irradiation with concurrent chemotherapy versus pelvic and para-aortic irradiation for high-risk cervical cancer: An update of Radiation Therapy Oncology Group Trial (RTOG) 90-01. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 22(5): 872–880.
  5. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2002, reaffirmed 2006). Diagnosis and treatment of cervical carcinomas. ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 35. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 99(5): 855–867.
  6. Janicek MF, Averette HE. (2001). Cervical cancer: Prevention, diagnosis, and therapeutics. CA, A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 51: 92–114.

Last Updated: September 5, 2008

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