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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Endometrial cancer starts in the lining of the uterus (endometrium). The endometrium is the inner layer and is the layer shed during a normal period.
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 have vaginal bleeding when it is not time for your period.
- Your bowel movements are bloody or black.
- You see blood in your urine.
Contact your oncologist if:
- Your abdomen or legs are swollen.
- You have no appetite or have lost weight without trying.
- You have back, pelvic, hip, or abdominal pain.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
- Antinausea medicine: This medicine may be given to calm your stomach and prevent vomiting.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your oncologist as directed:
You will need to see your oncologist for ongoing treatments or tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Self-care after surgery:
Your healthcare provider will give you specific directions based on the type of surgery you had. The following are general safety measures:
- Do not have sex until your healthcare provider says it is safe. You may need to wait at least 6 weeks before it is safe for you to have sex.
- Do not lift anything heavier than 10 to 15 pounds for as long as directed.
- Do not drive until your healthcare provider says it is okay.
Do not smoke:
Nicotine can damage blood vessels and make it more difficult to manage your cancer. 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 a variety of healthy foods:
Foods may taste different during cancer treatment. You may not feel like eating, and you may lose weight. Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. Eat small meals every 2 to 3 hours.
Drink liquids as directed:
Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. If you have nausea or diarrhea from cancer treatment, extra liquids may help decrease your risk for dehydration.
Exercise as directed:
Ask about the best exercise plan for you. Exercise may improve your energy levels 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.