Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells on the cervix grow out of control. These cells may spread to nearby organs, lymph glands, or distant organs. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. This form of cancer can be cured most of the time, especially when found at an early stage. It is usually found at a very early stage through a Pap smear.
If the cancer is in an early stage, you may need to have only a small part of the cervix removed. This type of surgery may allow a woman to become pregnant later. In other cases, removal of the cervix and uterus (hysterectomy) may be the better choice. Treatment also may include radiation or chemotherapy. You may get medicines to help with chemotherapy or radiation side effects, such as nausea and vomiting or tiredness.
Finding out that you have cancer is scary. You may feel many emotions and may need some help coping. Seek out family, friends, and counsellors for support. You also can do things at home to make yourself feel better while you go through treatment. Call the Canadian Cancer Society (1-888-939-3333) or visit its website at www.cancer.ca for more information.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine
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