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After a trachelectomy, your healthcare team will ask you to come back to the hospital for regular check-ups. This is so you continue to get proper care and support.
We know that waiting for follow-up appointments can be difficult, which is why we are here to support you. You may find it helpful to give us a call on 0808 802 8000 before or after treatment, or speak with our 1:1 service.
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The tissue that was removed during your trachelectomy will be looked at in detail to find out:
We know that waiting for these results can be difficult, especially when you are also trying to recover from surgery. Remember that your healthcare team, and we, are here to support you.
Once all your trachelectomy is done, you should be given a treatment summary. This is a document by your healthcare team that explains:
This treatment summary should also be sent to your GP surgery, so they know how to support you too. You might want to check that the hospital have sent it to them.
If all the cancer has been removed, you will have regular check-ups to check that there is no sign of the cancer coming back. There is no standard follow-up for trachelectomy, so ask your healthcare team:
At these appointments, you might see or speak to your consultant oncologist or clinical nurse specialist (CNS). These check-ups will:
These check-ups may be at the hospital, or by phone or video call. The COVID-19 pandemic means it is more likely you will be offered a phone or video call check-up, as your healthcare team will be following safety rules put in place by the hospital. However, if you or your healthcare team would prefer that you go into the hospital, they will arrange this for you.
You might have physical examinations during your check-ups. These may include:
You won’t usually have scans unless your healthcare team think you should have it. They might suggest it if you are having new symptoms. If you would feel more comfortable having a scan, it is important to ask for one.
If you are worried about anything or would like advice, you should be able to get in touch with your CNS or another member of your healthcare team.
You may need further treatment after surgery:
You may be offered more surgery to remove your womb (hysterectomy), or chemotherapy given with radiotherapy (chemoradiation).
It is important to discuss the risks and benefit of any treatments with your healthcare team.
Any type of surgery for cervical cancer can have a huge impact on your physical and emotional wellbeing. Your healthcare team, both at the hospital and at your GP surgery, are there to support you with any questions or worries you have.
Remember that we are here for you too, whether you are waiting to have surgery, are in recovery, or are years past it. Our trained volunteers can listen and help you understand what’s going on via our free Helpline on 0808 802 8000.
Our 1:1 service offers a private way to get support over email, phone call or video call. We can talk through your personal situation, as well as helping you process your feelings and think about next steps. We also welcome partners and family members to use our 1:1 service, so if you are a loved one reading this or think yours would benefit from some extra support, get in touch.
Sometimes connecting with others who have gone through a similar experience can be helpful. Our online Forum lets our community give and get support. You can read through the messages or post your own – whichever feels most comfortable.
If you have general questions about surgery for cervical cancer, our panel of medical experts may be able to help. They can’t give you answers about your individual situation or health – it’s best to speak with your GP or healthcare team for that.
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