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Life after cervical cancer

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What can you expect?

The sooner cervical cancer is diagnosed, the better the prognosis. Most women with early cervical cancer will be cured.

Many women with more advanced cancer are still cured. For others, treatment can keep the disease under control for long periods of time.

You will need to discuss your prognosis with your doctor, but it is not possible for any doctor to give you a 100 per cent accurate prediction on the course of your illness. Test results, the rate and depth of tumour growth, how well you respond to treatment, and other factors such as age, fitness and your medical history are all important factors in assessing your prognosis.

Statistics about other women who have had cervical cancer can be helpful. However, these statistics give you information about a population of women, not about you as an individual. The behaviour of every woman’s cancer is an individual thing and not predictable.

For many people the first few weeks after the diagnosis are very stressful. You may have trouble thinking, eating or sleeping.

It is crucial that you take steps to enhance your wellbeing at this time to help you adapt to the stress that you are facing. Nurturing your body and mind by eating nourishing food, doing some enjoyable physical activity, and taking some time out to do meditation or relax can help you to feel more balanced and improve your vitality.