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Cervical Cancer


Cervical cancer starts in the cells of the cervix. The cervix is the opening of the uterus.


Call 911 for any of the following:

  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
  • You suddenly feel lightheaded and short of breath.
  • You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough.
  • You cough up blood.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You are bleeding from your rectum, or from your vagina when it is not time for your period.
  • You see blood in your urine or bowel movement, or your bowel movements are black.

Contact your healthcare provider or oncologist if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have new problems eating or drinking, or you have lost weight without trying.
  • You have diarrhea, constipation, or stomach pain.
  • You have swelling in your abdomen or legs.
  • You have to urinate urgently and often, or you cannot hold your urine.
  • You cannot urinate.
  • You have difficulty or pain with sex.

Follow up with your healthcare provider 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. Smoking can also delay healing after treatment. Do not use e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco in place of cigarettes or to help you quit. They still contain nicotine. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you currently smoke and need help quitting.

Eat extra protein and calories:

Foods may taste different during cancer treatment. You may not feel like eating, and you may lose weight. Your healthcare provider may recommend you eat foods that are high in iron, such as beef, spinach, and beans. Ask for more information about the best meal plan for you.

Drink liquids as directed:

Liquid can help reduce swelling in your legs from fluid buildup. Liquid also prevents 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:

Limit alcohol to 1 drink per day. A drink of alcohol is 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1½ ounces of liquor.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.