Living with cervical cancer

The effects that cervical cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. can have on a woman and those around her are far-reaching. There are many emotional and physical issues surrounding the illness that can be difficult to cope with, including, for some women, the loss of their fertility and a period of readjustment for their future hopes and dreams. Depression can also be a difficult challenge to overcome.

Back home, I was at my lowest ebb. I had lost two stone in weight, and I thought I might not make it. I remember thinking I could just close my eyes now if I want and not wake up again. But a few days later, I don't know why, I woke up and decided to fight. Marie

No two women's experience of cervical cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. is the same, and talking to friends, family and professional supporters can be an invaluable part of adapting to living with the illness. It can also help to hear about how other women and their families have coped with cervical cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body..

It may also be helpful to contact organisations that specialise in helping people live with cervical cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body..

Go to the practical measures page for information on:

  • Attending check-ups
  • Coping with a hysterectomyThe surgical removal of the uterus (womb).
  • Fertility
  • Healthy eating
  • Exercise
  • Integrated therapies
  • Counselling and support
  • Physical appearance
  • Sex life
  • Coping with pain
  • Dealing with a terminal prognosis.