Cervical Cancer Facts

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I've Just Been Told I Have Cervical Cancer

Very few things are scarier than being told you have cancer. You may feel like you're in shock. You may not even want to believe what the doctor has told you. And there are probably so many questions you want to ask but think you can't because you don't know where to start.

First of all, it's okay to be overwhelmed. And it's okay to feel afraid. But you shouldn't let those feelings stop you from finding out as much as you can about the cancer and about the options you have. Because the more you know, the less helpless and afraid you will feel. And the more you know, the better you will be able to work with your healthcare team to make the best choices for your treatment.

To recommend the best treatment for you, your healthcare team needs to know as much as they can about you and your cancer. The biopsy that showed you have cancer gives your doctor specific details about the type of cervical cancer you have. Such detailed information can help your doctor predict how fast the cancer may grow. This is called the grade. It's likely you'll need other tests to learn about how far the cancer has progressed, called the stage.

You may need to work with more than one doctor or other healthcare professionals. Your healthcare team will include one or more doctors who specialize in cancer. You may see one or more of these specialists.

  • Gynecologic oncologist, a doctor who specializes in treating cancer in a woman's reproductive organs
  • Medical oncologist, a doctor who specializes in using drugs to treat cancer
  • Radiation oncologist, a doctor who specializes in using radiation to treat cancer

You will also have an oncology nurse.

This team will answer any questions you may have. They'll also help you through each of the steps you'll take before, during, and after treatment. Your team will let you know what tests are being done and their results. They'll help guide you in making decisions about treatment.

Usually treatment for cervical cancer begins a few weeks after a diagnosis. This gives you time to get all the details your doctor needs by having more tests. You also have time to talk with your doctor about treatment choices, get a second opinion, decide about treatment, and prepare yourself and your loved ones.

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