Cervical Cancer

Living with Cervical Cancer

Living with a serious disease like cervical cancer is not easy. Cervical cancer patients and those who care about them face many problems and challenges. Coping with these problems is often easier when people have helpful information and support services.

Cervical cancer patients may worry about holding their job, caring for their family, keeping up with daily activities, or starting a new relationship. Worries about tests, treatments, hospital stays, and medical bills associated with cervical cancer treatment are common. Doctors, nurses, and other members of the health care team can answer questions about cervical cancer treatment, working, or other activities. Also, meeting with a social worker, counselor, or member of the clergy can be helpful to patients who want to talk about their feelings or discuss their concerns.

Friends and relatives can be very supportive. Also, it helps many patients to discuss their cervical cancer concerns with others who have cancer. Cervical cancer patients often get together in support groups, where they can share what they have learned about coping with cervical cancer and the effects of treatment. It is important to keep in mind, however, that each cervical cancer patient is different. Treatments and ways of dealing with cervical cancer that work for one person may not be right for another -- even if they both have the same kind of cancer. It is always a good idea to discuss the advice of friends and family members with the doctor.

Often, a social worker at the hospital or clinic can suggest groups that can help with rehabilitation, emotional support, financial aid, transportation, or home care.

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