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Dealing with the impact of a diagnosis of cervical cancer is a big challenge for any woman. For those of you who have finished treatment you may feel a sense of relief. However, hearing the words "We'll see you in three months for follow-up" might have left you feeling a little abandoned by the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals that supported you. You may feel in shock and perhaps you're struggling to deal with your diagnosis of cervical cancer. From listening to people who have been through a cancer experience, professionals and researchers, we know that many individuals will be feeling as you do*.
Returning to everyday life can feel challenging. We hope that the following information on living with the impact of cervical cancer may help to support you as you begin to return to a normal life after your cancer treatment. In addition to this information our support services can help you get in touch or meet with other women who will understand what you are going through. Our online forum is accessible 24 hours a day. You may want to attend Let's Meet, our annual get together for people affected by cervical cancer, or look for a Mini Meet in your local area. Many women who have been through cancer find meeting others a huge support through sharing similar experiences. Don't forget we are here for you. A shoulder to cry on, a question to ask, someone who will just listen, we are only a phone call away. Ring our helpline on: 0808 802 8000.
If you are a health care professional who supports women moving forward after a cervical cancer diagnosis and treatment, please visit our Information for Gynae-Oncology Nurse Specialists and Gynae-Oncologists where you will find a wide range of content, best practice guidelines, relevant links for you and your patients, and resources and ways that we can support you. You can also sign up for our quarterly health care professional e-newsletter.
Would you like to get involved with our work by helping us develop and improve our information and services? Visit the pages on our patient feedback group, Jo’s Voices, to see how to get involved.
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