Our last Ask the Expert web chat took place in 2014 on the subject of cervical cancer and survivorship, read the questions submitted and our panel's answers here
Receiving a diagnosis of cervical cancer can bring up so many questions, and then, just when treatment finishes and life begins to find a new normal, many women find that there are even more questions. And for whatever reason, whether it's embarrassment, forgetting to ask at your appointment or even a desire to try and put the whole experience behind you, women can find it hard to ask the questions they need to ask.
Through our web chat, we'd like to help you to start to find answers to some of those questions.
Who is the web chat for?
This particular web chat is for women and their loved ones who are living with or beyond a cervical cancer diagnosis. So whether you've just been diagnosed, are going through treatment or have some longer term survivorship issues, this web chat is for you.
For those who have questions about cervical abnormalities, please don't despair, we will have a further web chat for you coming in the near future and, in the meantime, please do use our Ask The Expert service.
How does it work?
The web chat space is now closed so you can no longer post your questions, but you can see the questions other people asked by clicking here
The space will remain open to collect questions until Tuesday 2 September at 11pm when we will lock the post. Our expert panel will then be standing by to answer all your questions and we will post all the replies at 5pm on Thursday 4 September. We'll then be encouraging you all to join us in a discussion about cervical cancer and survivorship until 10pm that evening (of course, the forum is there for you to continue chatting afterwards, too).
Who's on the panel?
We have an expert panel very kindly giving us their time. They include Clinical Cancer Nurse Specialist (CNS) Lynn Holmes, relationship expert Susan Quilliam, and leading Gynae-Oncologist Amanda Tristram. All of our panel have experience and expertise in helping women affected by cervical cancer. Find out more about them below.
We'd like to give you the opportunity to ask the questions you need to ask, and meet others going through a similar experience. There're so many experiences and so much support to be shared amongst the Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust community and we'd really like to help you do that, so please do join us.
Lynn has worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gynae Oncology at Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust since 2001. After qualifying in 1988 she travelled working abroad and in the UK until settling into the field of gynaecology in 1991. She has continued to develop and study throughout her career and is about to commence a Masters in Advanced Practice.
Her special interests lie within consequences of treatments and sexual issues. She is involved both locally and nationally raising awareness of these issues to improve professionals knowledge and patient experience. She was fortunate to be awarded Highly Commended Award in the NT/HSJ Innovation in cancer care (2012) and has just written national guidance on Long Term Consequences of Treatment for Gynaecological Cancer published by Macmillan.
Lynn recently completed her PGDip in Psychosexual Therapy (PST). She combines her nursing expertise with the PST to address her patients sexual problems as a result of gynaecological cancer; she also practices as a Psychosexual Therapist working with a variety of clients at The Leger Clinic in Doncaster.
Susan Quilliam had her own brush with early cervical cancer in 1981. As a result, she wrote Positive Smear, the first book to address head-on the emotional impact of the journey taken by women and their families when faced with the possibility of cervical cancer. Since then she has campaigned to gain support for all taking this journey.
Susan also works as a writer, coach, broadcaster and lecturer; serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Family Planning and the Advisory Boards of the Sexual Advice Association and Women's Health Concern; and is an associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine, the British Society for Sexual Medicine, and the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
Amanda Tristram is a Senior Lecturer in Gynaecological Oncology, Cardiff University and Honorary Consultant in Gynaecological Oncology, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Her main research and clinical interests are in HPV, colposcopy, vulval disease and Gynaecological Oncology.
Amanda is a member of the HPV Research Team, within the Section of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, she is Chief Investigator for a multicentre clinical trial of topical treatment of vulval intraepithelial neoplasia (RT3 VIN) which is managed by the Wales Cancer Trials Unit and she also supervises MD and PhD students with non-clinical colleagues.
She is also a member of the Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust medical panel, providing answers for our Ask the Expert service.