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Cervical Cancer Treatment
A woman that finds out she has cervical cancer may become overwhelmed and very worried. However, it is very important to realize that this can be treated successfully if it is found early enough. There are many options when it comes to cervical cancer treatment. It is simply a matter of discussing these options with the doctor to see what will work the best.
Depending on where the cancer is at and how bad it is, it may be possible to have surgery in order to have it completely removed from the body. In some cases the woman many need to have a total or partial hysterectomy to have the cervix removed. Once this is done, or even before, the individual may also be able to take medications or go through chemotherapy to help kill the cancer. Sometimes if these different treatment options are combined the treatment may be more successful. When it comes to chemotherapy the patient may find that they are given cervical cancer drugs that have the chemotherapy in them. These are what will be used to help shrink the cancer or kill it. There could be times when this will be injected into the veins as well. It is important to talk to your doctor about both of these options and what may work well for you and your situation.
Cervical cancer clinical trials do take place all of the time as there are always professionals that are looking for new treatment options that may be effective at different stages of this cancer. If you would like to be a member of a clinical trial then it will be very important for you to talk to your doctor. Some clinical trials can be completed at any time and others will need to be carried out before the person has had any type of treatment. It is always best to learn about all of the requirements so you can determine if you will qualify for a trial or not. Keep in mind that there are also clinical trials that are going to try out new medications and such to help keep the cancer for reoccurring. Therefore, if you are currently cancer free you might want to consider going through a clinical trial like this to attempt to remain cancer free. It is always good to remain proactive and this may be a great way to do that.
MENOPAUSE AND CERVICAL CANCER TREATMENT
Treatment for cervical cancer can have an effect on your sex life. If you have not yet had your menopause you may find that your treatment brings on an early menopause. This will happen if you have
- Internal or external radiotherapy
- Surgery to remove your womband ovaries (total hysterectomy)
Your surgeon may suggest leaving your ovaries behind if you have not had your menopause, but that is not always possible. Having your ovaries removed will cause an immediate menopause.
Radiotherapy will cause early menopause because it stops your ovaries from working. It is your ovaries that produce your sex hormones. They stop producing these hormones at the natural menopause. The symptoms of a menopause that is related to cancer treatment are no different to those of a natural menopause, but they can be more intense if it comes on suddenly. You may have
- Hot flushes and sweating
- Vaginal dryness
- Low mood or depression
- Loss of confidence and self esteem
- Thinning bones
- Loss of interest in sex
In some cases it may be possible to move your ovaries out of the area where you are having radiotherapy (the radiotherapy field). Your surgeon can do this with keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery. This may help prevent you from going through an early menopause. Your doctor will discuss if this is an option for you.