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Cervical cancer occurs when cells grow or behave abnormally in the lining of the cervix (the entrance) which is the neck or the narrow part of the lower uterus.
Having many sexual encounters or becoming sexually active in the early ages increases the chances of developing cervical cancer and survival rates are high when cervical cancer symptoms are spotted early on. Your doctor may recommend Pap tests as a preventive measure, and common cervical cancer symptoms include pelvic pain, smelly discharge from the vagina, bleeding before and after periods and discomfort experienced during sexual activity.
Cervical cancer types are distinguished between each other by the appearances of the cells under a microscope. There are mainly three types of cervical cancer in women:
Cancer is when cells grow abnormally in the body and divide uncontrollably. Cells in the human body have a natural lifespan, and when they die, new cells kickstart production and replace them. Cancer happens when cells do not die or continue dividing. The main cervical cancer causes in women:
Cervical cancer screening tests are used to pinpoint the stages of this illness. Your doctor may recommend various cervical cancer diagnosis tests for its prevention and treatment which are as follows:
Cervical cancer treatment methods will depend on the doctor’s diagnosis, patient’s age, health, and current stage of cancer. The success rate for treatment options depends on whether or not the cancer is restricted to the cervix or has already spread to other areas of the body. These are the cervical cancer treatment options for women:
Surgery is the common cervical cancer treatment method in women, and if your doctor believes that cancerous cells are present in your body, he may recommend radiotherapy to reduce future cases of occurrence.
Radiation therapy or radiotherapy is used to destroy cancer cells by using high-powered energy beams like X-rays or particular radiation. This treatment method comes with certain side effects like diarrhoea, nausea, premature menopause, constriction of the vagina and bladder irritations, after completion of treatment.
Medications are used in chemotherapy to destroy cancer cells in the body. Chemotherapy is used when normal surgery fails to destroy these cells, and side effects are based on the types of drugs used in this procedure. Most noted side effects of chemotherapy are infertility, diarrhoea, fatigue, and hair loss.
Clinical trials are an experimental route for those seeking cervical cancer treatment, and this method is used primarily for cancer research. All new and innovative treatments are the fruition of successful clinical trials in the past.
Advanced stages of cervical cancer require the love and support patients need to increase their chances for recovery and survival. Palliative care lies at the heart of cervical cancer treatment at home post-surgery or post-medical therapies. Diet, nutrition and exercises play a key role in recovery, and this is where our team of nurses and homecare professionals provide cervical cancer care at home. If the condition is serious and requires major intervention, they would recommend surgery for the type of cervical cancer stages associated with the patient.
Professional home-care services helps patients recover or continue life beyond surgery. Our home nursing services ensure that you get the same high-quality treatment as what you’d expect from a hospital from the comfort of your home. Our nurses for cervical cancer care visit your home, take a cervical cancer diagnostic test, and design your customised treatment plan after reviewing medical reports. Diet and nutrition support are included with our cervical cancer home treatment services.
Cervical cancer is treatable at its early stages, and quality of life can be improved beyond the scope of surgery. However, patients may have to make certain lifestyle and nutrition changes to prolong life and recover from the after-effects of a surgery.
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