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Cervical Cancer (cont.)

Cervical Cancer Self-Care at Home

Self-treatment is not appropriate for cancer under most circumstances. Without medical treatment, the cancer will continue to grow and spread. Eventually vital body organs will not be able to function properly because the cancer will take their oxygen and nutrients, crowd them out, or injure them. The result is very often death.

Although self-treatment is inappropriate, there are things a woman can do to reduce the physical and mental stresses of cancer and its treatment.

Maintaining good nutrition is one of the best things a woman can do.

  • A woman may lose her appetite during treatment.
  • Common side effects of chemotherapy, such as nausea, vomiting, and sores inside the mouth, can make eating difficult.
  • However, people who eat well, taking in enough calories and protein, will have an easier time keeping their strength and energy up during the therapy. They are also better able to tolerate the side effects of therapy.
  • A cancer specialist (oncologist) or gynecologist may be able to recommend a nutritionist who can provide suggestions for keeping up calorie and protein intake.

The following lifestyle changes may help keep a woman stronger and more comfortable during treatment:

  • Physical activity will also help keep strength and energy level up. A woman should engage in mild physical activity that is comfortable but doesn't wear her out.
  • Rest is equally important. A woman should get plenty of sleep each night and rest during the day if she needs to.
  • A woman should quit smoking.
  • A woman should avoid alcohol. She may not be able to drink alcohol with some of the medications she is taking. She should ask her health care professional.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/28/2013

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