What are the after effects of cervical cancer?

What are the after effects of cervical cancer?

What are the after effects of cervical cancer?

Tiredness. Many women who are treated for cervical cancer find that tiredness is a major issue, particularly if they have radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The tiredness may continue for several months, or even a year or two, after treatment has finished. Feeling tired is not only a side effect of the treatment itself.

How long does it take to recover from cervical cancer treatment?

Living with cervical cancer This is a major operation that takes around 6 to 12 weeks to recover from. During this time, you need to avoid strenuous tasks and lifting, such as lifting children or heavy shopping bags. You won’t be able to drive for 3 to 8 weeks after the operation.

What are the signs of cervical cancer coming back?

Signs and symptoms of local cervical cancer recurrence may include: Bleeding between periods, after sexual intercourse or after menopause….Signs and symptoms of distant cervical cancer recurrence may include:

  • Weight loss.
  • Fatigue.
  • Back pain.
  • Leg pain or swelling.
  • Bone pain that persists.

Can cervical cancer spread after treatment?

Recurrent Cervical Cancer After Surgery At times, a small area of cancer has spread beyond the cervix and cancer cells may be present at the edge of the surgical specimen. Usually, this can be determined only after the surgery when the specimen is examined under the microscope.

What happens if cervical cancer spreads to lymph nodes?

The most common symptom that happens when cancer spreads to the lymph nodes, is that they feel hard or swollen. Cervical cancer can spread to lymph nodes in the area between the hip bones (pelvis). Cancer cells can also stop lymph fluid from draining away. This might lead to swelling in your legs due to fluid build up.

What are the short-term effects of brachytherapy?

Short-term (acute) side effects Soreness or localized bruising around the perineum (the area between the scrotum and anus where the needles are inserted to deliver the brachytherapy). Blood in urine and/or semen. Discomfort when passing urine (may include needing to pass urine urgently or frequently).

How long does it take to get over brachytherapy?

Radioactive seed brachytherapy. Small, radioactive metal ‘seeds’ are placed in the prostate and stay there permanently. They slowly release radiation until it has been used up. The radiation will be completely gone after 6 months.

What are the side effects of having your cervix removed?

Possible side effects

  • pain.
  • physical weakness.
  • urinary incontinence.
  • painful periods.
  • vaginal discharge.
  • risk of infection.
  • limb swelling.

Are there any side effects to radiotherapy for cervical cancer?

Radiotherapy for cervical cancer can cause side effects. The side effects vary from person to person. You may not have all of the effects mentioned. Side effects tend to start a week after the radiotherapy begins. They gradually get worse during the treatment and for a couple of weeks after the treatment ends.

How long do side effects of cervical cancer last?

Side effects may last from several weeks to a few months or, less commonly, many years or permanently. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce or manage the discomfort that side effects cause.

How does cervical cancer affect your sex life?

Having cervical cancer can affect your sexuality in physical and emotional ways. The impact of these changes depend on many factors, such as your treatment and its side effects, whether you have a partner, and your overall self-confidence.

Are there any side effects of brachytherapy for cervical cancer?

There is limited research to suggest that having brachytherapy increases the risk of developing another cancer. This is sometimes called second cancer. We know that this will be worrying, so it is best to speak with your healthcare team to understand more about this risk and find out any symptoms to look out for.

How do you treat cervical cancer?

Cervical cancer is treated in several ways. It depends on the kind of cervical cancer and how far it has spread. Treatments include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.

Is there a cure for cervical cancer?

Most early-stage cervical cancers are treated with a radical hysterectomy operation, which involves removing the cervix, uterus, part of the vagina and nearby lymph nodes. A hysterectomy can cure early-stage cervical cancer and prevent recurrence. But removing the uterus makes it impossible to become pregnant.

How is cervical cancer diagnosed and treated?

Cervical cancer can be diagnosed using a Pap smear or other procedures that sample the cervix tissue. Precancerous changes in the cervix may be treated with cryosurgery, cauterization, or laser surgery. Cancer of the cervix requires different treatment options than cancer that begins in other parts of the uterus.

What are the side effects of rectal cancer?

Side effects of rectal cancer radiation therapy to the abdomen and pelvis may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stools, rectal leakage, or urinary discomfort. In addition, the skin in the treated area may become red, dry, and tender.