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For more information about cancer and cancer treatment

For more information about what happens after an abnormal Pap smear, call the National Cervical Screening Program on 13 15 56 or visit www.cancerscreening.gov.au

For more information on managing fatigue, fertility issues, early menopause, hair loss and lymphoedema, go to the Gynaecological Cancer Support website: www.gynaecancersupport.org.au

If you are experiencing a sexual problem because of cancer treatment, you may find it helpful to discuss it with your doctor, or you may feel more comfortable talking to a hospital counsellor, social worker or psychologist. The Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 can also put you in touch with a counsellor or a sex therapist and can provide a copy of the booklets Sexuality for Women with Cancer (Cancer Council New South Wales), Sexuality and Cancer (Cancer Council Victoria) and Emotions and Cancer.

For more information about fertility:

  • The United Kingdom’s MacMillan Cancer Support (www.macmillan.org.uk) has more about cancer and fertility in women.
  • The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (www.asrm.org) has a one-page factsheet for patients on Cancer and Fertility Preservation.
  • Fertile Hope (www.fertilehope.org) is a United States non-profit organisation with online calculators to assess fertility risk and fertility-sparing options for people with cancer.
  • Access (www.access.org.au) is an Australian non-profit organisation that provides infertility support, information and advocacy.

(When reading international materials, please note that some of the information may not apply to Australian patients.)

For information on advanced cancer, the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 can provide a copy of the booklet, Living with Advanced Cancer.

For help to quit smoking, see the Quitnow website.

Sources

We thank the following organisations and individuals for allowing their information to be used in this material:

  • Gynaecological Cancer Society
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre www.petermac.org
  • National Cancer Institute (United States) www.cancer.gov
  • Cancer Council New South Wales www.cancercouncil.com.au
  • Cancer Council Victoria www.cancervic.org.au
  • National Cervical Screening Program www.cancerscreening.gov.au
  • Dr David Bernshaw, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Victoria
  • Karen Carey, Patient First, Western Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • Ms Jane Francis
  • Professor Ian Hammond, WA Gynaecologic Cancer Service, Perth, Western Australia
  • Ms Jane Harriss
  • Professor Roger Hart, School of Women’s and Infants’ Health, University of Western Australia, King Edward Memorial Hospital and Medical Director, Fertility Specialists of Western Australia
  • Dr Pearly Khaw, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Victoria
  • Dr Linda Mileshkin, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Victoria
  • Professor Ian Olver.

We would also like to thank the health professionals and consumers who have worked on previous editions of this material.

Statistics for the number of Australian women with cervical cancer are from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and Australasian Association of Cancer Registries, 2008, Cancer in Australia: an overview, 2008, Cancer series no. 46, Cat. no. CAN 42, Canberra: AIHW.