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Signs of Cervical Cancer

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Cervical cancer affects the cervix, which is the entrance to the uterus. When cells in the cervix become abnormal and multiply rapidly, cervical cancer can develop. Cervical cancer can be life-threatening if it goes undetected or untreated.
A specific type of virus called human papilloma virus (HPV) causes almost all of the cases of cervical cancer. It occurs most commonly in women over 30 years.
Examples of symptoms associated with cervical cancer include: ·Abnormal bleeding, such as bleeding between menstrual periods, after intercourse, after a pelvic exam, or after menopause ·Foul smelling white discharge ·Low back pain ·Pelvic pain ·Urinating more frequently ·Painful urination
All women should have regular cervical cancer screenings. Getting regular PAP tests to check for precancerous cells is thought to be one of the most important and effective means of prevention. Your doctor can screen for this virus and precancerous cells, and they can suggest treatments that can prevent cancer f…

Follow-Up Care for Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer among urban Indian females, and the second most common among the rural Indian women. After you have been diagnosed with primary breast cancer, your specialist team will discuss your treatment options with you and their possible side effects.
Your cancer care does not end when the active cancer treatment has finished. After treatment for breast cancer, follow-up care is important to help maintain good health, manage any side effects from treatment, watch for signs of a relapse, and screen for other types of cancer. Your health care team will continue to check on the cancer relapse, manage any side effects, and monitor your overall health.
This is also a good time to talk with your doctor about who will lead your follow-up care. You and your doctor should work together to develop a personalized follow-up care plan which may include regular physical examinations and other medical tests to monitor your recovery during the coming months and years.…

Treating Cervical Cancer

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If you have cervical cancer, your cancer care team will talk with you about treatment options. Your treatment plan will depend on your age, your overall health, and your personal preferences.
Your cancer care team may include the following people: ·A gynecologist: a doctor who treats diseases of the female reproductive system ·A gynecologic oncologist: a doctor who specializes in cancers of the female reproductive system ·A medical oncologist: a doctor who uses chemotherapy and other medicines to treat cancer ·A radiation oncologist: a doctor who uses radiation to treat cancer

Many other specialists may be involved in your care which including nurses, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation specialists, and other health professionals.
·Depending on the kind of cervical cancer and how far it has spread, your cervical cancer treatment may include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. ·Surgery: Doctors remove the cancerous tissue through a surgical operation. ·Chemotherapy: Spec…

Exercise as a part of cancer treatment

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Exercise is an important part of a cancer treatment plan. It can help you to improve your physical function as well as the quality of your life. With the right guidance and precautions, exercise is absolutely safe and practicable.
Too much rest can lead to loss of body function, muscle weakness and reduced motion range. Hence, many cancer care teams urge their patients to be as physically active as possible during cancer treatment. Regular exercise can greatly improve physical and mental health during every phase of cancer treatment.
A well-designed exercise plan during and after treatment may be able to: Improve balance, lower risk of falls and broken bonesLessen symptoms of tiredness (fatigue)Reduce the risk of depression and anxietyPrevent weight gain and obesityImprove blood flow and lower the risk of blood clotsMake you less dependent on others for help with daily activitiesLower the chance of having physical side effects such as neuropathy, lymphedema, osteoporosis and nausea
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Caring For Your Skin during Cancer Treatment

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Skin reactions are not unusual among cancer patients. While cancer treatment kills cancer cells, it can also have unwanted side effects, such as dry skin, hair loss and brittle nails. Dry and itchy skin is common, as is hair loss. The side effects will depend on the type and dose of medications that are a part of the cancer treatment. But cancer patients have many ways to cope with such changes – from cutting their hair short to moisturizing their skin regularly.
Early intervention is a key to preventing side effects from worsening. Usually your doctor will be able to tell you about the possible skin reaction before the beginning of the treatment. Once you begin treatment, note down any skin reactions you notice and bring them to the attention of your healthcare team.
Skin Care Cancer treatment, particularly chemotherapy, often causes dry, irritated skin. It can get so severely dry that it becomes inflamed and more susceptible to infections. Rather than waiting for symptoms to occur,…

Life after Cancer

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The end of cancer treatment marks the opening of a new chapter in people’s lives. While it can bring hope and happiness, it can also bring worries and uncertainty. The fear of a cancer relapse is common among cancer survivors and can sometimes be quite intense.
Unexpected issues might also cause concern. For instance, you might be stressed about the financial issues resulting from your treatment. Visits to your health care team too would be less frequent resulting in a feeling that you are no longer fighting cancer and hence, feeling less under control. Any of these things might make you anxious. However, everyone can benefit from help and support from friends and family, support groups, professional counselors and others.
Going back to “normal” You don’t see your cancer care team as often as before. These people may have become an important part of your life. Hence, you might feel alone and lost without their support. You might also have difficulty in going back to your role in the f…

Healthy Lifestyle Changes after Cancer

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Many people with cancer and survivors worry about cancer relapsing after treatment. Positive lifestyle changes can help prevent a cancer relapse. However, many cancer survivors are also likely to develop chronic health issues like obesity, heart problems, thinning of the bones and / or bone breakage, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and diabetes. These health issues can be prevented by improving your health and quality of life in the following ways:
Eating a healthy diet

Include an assortment of fruits vegetables and other unprocessed, low-fat foods in every meal. Healthy eating can also reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. Lean protein and low-fat dairy products are also recommended. Avoid highly processed foods and red meats as much as possible.
Doing physical activity regularly

Side effects from cancer and cancer treatment, such as fatigue or sleep problems, can keep you from being active. However, it is essential to lead an activ…