Side Effect Management

Side effects experienced for the treatment of Cervical Cancer vary. Following are the most common symptoms:

Surgery and Hysterectomies - After surgery, it is common to feel weak and tired. Nausea, vomiting, bladder and bowel problems may occur.

After a hysterectomy, women no longer have menstrual periods and can not become pregnant. When the ovaries are removed, menopause begins immediately. Symptoms of menopause caused by surgery may be more severe than ones caused by the natural onset of menopause.

Radiation Therapy - Side effects depend on dosage and the part of the body treated. They commonly include fatigue, hair loss in the treated area, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, and urinary problems.

Radiation may make the vagina narrower, causing difficulties with sex and follow-up exams. Radiation of the pelvic area can also harm the ovaries.

Chemotherapy -The side effects depend mainly on which drugs are given and how much. Chemotherapy kills fast-growing cancer cells, but the drug can also harm normal cells that divide rapidly. Side effects include bruising or bleeding easily, infections, fatigue, hair loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and mouth or lip sores.

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