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Cervical Cancer Questions: Before Treatment Begins

Common questions about cervical cancer treatment include:
  • What is the stage of my disease? Has the cancer spread? If so, where?
  • What are my treatment choices? Which do you recommend for me?
  • Will I have more than one kind of treatment?
  • What are the expected benefits of each kind of treatment?
  • What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
  • What can we do to control my side effects from treatment?
  • How will treatment affect my normal activities?
  • What can I do to take care of myself during treatment?
  • How long will treatment last?
  • Will I have to stay in the hospital?
  • What is the treatment likely to cost? Does my insurance cover this treatment?
  • How often should I have checkups?
  • Would a clinical trial (research study) be appropriate for me?

Cervical Cancer Questions: Before Surgery

Common questions asked prior to surgery include:
  • What kind of operation will I have? Will my ovaries be removed?
  • Do I need to have lymph nodes removed? Will other tissues be removed? Why?
  • How will I feel after the operation?
  • If I have pain, how will it be controlled?
  • How long will I have to stay in the hospital?
  • Will I experience any lasting side effects?
  • If I don't have a hysterectomy, will I be able to get pregnant and have children?
  • Is there increased risk of miscarriage?
  • When will I be able to resume normal activities?
  • How will the surgery affect my sex life?
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