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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Cervical cancer starts in the cells of the cervix. The cervix is the opening of the uterus.
Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:
- You suddenly feel lightheaded and short of breath.
- You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough.
- You cough up blood.
Call your doctor or oncologist if:
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- You cannot urinate.
- You have a fever.
- You have foul-smelling vaginal discharge.
- You have new or heavier bleeding from your vagina.
- You have new or worsening pain.
- You have nausea or are vomiting.
- You have swelling in your abdomen or legs.
- You have to urinate urgently and often, or you cannot hold your urine.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Follow up with your doctor or oncologist as directed:
You will need to see your oncologist for ongoing tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Do not smoke:
Smoking increases your risk for new or returning cancer. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you currently smoke and need help to quit. E-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco still contain nicotine. Talk to your healthcare provider before you use these products.
Eat a variety of healthy foods:
Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. Ask if you need to be on a special diet.
Drink liquids as directed:
Liquids prevent dehydration. Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.
Exercise as directed:
Ask your healthcare provider or oncologist about the best exercise plan for you. Exercise prevents muscle loss and can help improve your energy level and appetite.
Limit or do not drink alcohol as directed:
Ask your healthcare provider if it is safe for you to drink alcohol. Also ask how much is safe for you to drink. Alcohol can make it hard to manage side effects of cancer treatment.
For support and more information:
- American Cancer Society
250 Williams Street
Atlanta , GA 30303
Phone: 1- 800 - 227-2345
Web Address: http://www.cancer.org
- National Cancer Institute
6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 300
Bethesda , MD 20892-8322
Phone: 1- 800 - 422-6237
Web Address: http://www.cancer.gov
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