Cervical Cancer Treatment
Cervical cancer treatment can lead to other health problems. In order to control these problems, patients receive supportive care (also called symptom management, supportive care, or palliative care), which will improve their comfort and quality of life during treatment.
Patients with cervical cancer are prone to infections. Therefore, doctors may:
- Prescribe antibiotics and other drugs to help protect patients from infections
- Advise patients to stay away from crowds
- Advise patients to stay away from people with colds and other contagious diseases.
If an infection develops, it can be serious and should be treated promptly.
Treatment for cervical cancer can lead to anemia and bleeding, which often require supportive care such as transfusions of red blood cells or platelet transfusions.
Cervical cancer and chemotherapy can make the mouth sensitive, easily infected, and likely to bleed, which is why dental care is very important. Doctors often advise cervical cancer patients to have a complete dental exam and, if possible, undergo needed dental procedures before chemotherapy begins.
Patients need to eat well during treatment, which will include a diet that has enough calories to maintain a good weight and enough protein to keep up strength. Good nutrition often helps people with cancer feel better and have more energy.
However, eating well can be difficult because patients may not feel like eating if they are uncomfortable or tired. Side effects of treatment can also cause: poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, and food to taste different. A patient's doctor, dietitian, or other healthcare provider can suggest ways to maintain a healthy diet during treatment.