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Frequently Asked Questions

These FAQs have been answered by women who have been through the experience of diagnosis, treatment, and aftermath of gynecologic cancer -- cervical, endometrial/uterine, ovarian, gestational, vulvar, vaginal, and tubal. We are experts in our own experiences, but not, of course, in medicine. For more information about gynecologic cancer, please visit our Web Resources pages, then talk over what you read here with your health care team.

 Gynecologic Cancers

 Cervical Cancer: Risk factors, diagnosis, staging
 Endometrial and Uterine Cancer: Risk factors, diagnosis, staging
 Fallopian Tube Cancer
 Gestational Trophoblastic Disease and Choriocarcinoma: HCG testing
 Ovarian Cancer: Risk factors, diagnosis, staging
 Vaginal Cancer
 Vulvar Cancer

Treatments and Tests

 Surgery: hysterectomy and oopherectomy, preparation, bowel preparation, abdominal washings, vulvar surgery (vulvectomy, excision)
 Fertility sparing treatments
 Radiation (radiotherapy)
 Complementary (alternative, integrative) therapies
 Tests and procedures: D&C and hysteroscopy, endometrial biopsy, pap test, cone biopsy, transvaginal ultrasound, colposcopy, LEEP, CA-125
 Imaging: transvaginal ultrasound, MRI, CT scan

Follow-up Care

 What to expect for cancer follow-up: cervical, endometrial, ovarian
 Working with the medical system

Life after cancer

 Surgical menopause
 Loss of fertility
 Emotional impact
 Talking with family and friends
 Aftereffects of treatment: lymphedema

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