Cervical Cancer: Newly Diagnosed
Being told you have cervical cancer can be scary, and you may have many questions. But you have people on your healthcare team to help. Women with cervical cancer now have more treatment choices and more hope for survival than ever before. Healthcare providers keep finding new treatments for this cancer and ways to help people with it have a better life.
Coping with fear
It’s normal to feel afraid. Learning about your cancer and about the treatment options you have can make you feel less afraid. This also helps you work with your healthcare team and make the best choices for your treatment. You can also ask to speak with a counselor.
Working with your healthcare team
Your healthcare team will likely include:
Gynecologic oncologist. This is a healthcare provider who specializes in cancers of the female sex (reproductive) organs.
Medical oncologist. This is a healthcare provider who specializes in treating cancer with chemotherapy and other medicines.
Radiation oncologist. This is a healthcare provider who specializes in treating cancer with radiation.
Oncology nurse. This is a nurse who specializes in the care of people with cancer.
They will answer any questions you may have. They’ll help you through each of the steps you’ll take before, during, and after treatment. Your team will let you know what tests you need and the results of those tests. They’ll guide you in making treatment decisions and help prepare you and your loved ones for what’s ahead.
Learning about treatment options
To decide the best course of treatment for you, your healthcare team needs to know as much as they can about your cancer. This may involve getting some tests and working with more than one doctor or other type of healthcare professional. And you may decide that you want to get a second opinion to help you choose a treatment.
Coping with cancer can be very stressful. Talk with your healthcare team about seeing a counselor. They can refer you to someone who can help. You can also visit support groups to talk with other people coping with cancer. Ask your healthcare team about local support groups.
May 19, 2017
Goodman, Howard, MD,Stump-Sutliff, Kim, RN, MSN, AOCNS