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Side Effects of Treatment

Treatment for uterine cancer may damage healthy cells and tissues, which may lead to unwanted side effects. Specific side effects will depend on many factors, including the type and extent of the treatment. Side effects may not be the same for each person, and they may even change from one treatment session to the next. Before treatment starts, healthcare providers should explain possible side effects and suggest ways to manage them.
 

Proper Nutrition During Treatment

It is important to eat well during and after uterine cancer treatment. Eating well may help patients feel better and have more energy. However, eating well can be hard, especially during or soon after treatment when patients may be uncomfortable or tired. Side effects of treatment may include:
 
  • Poor appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea.

 

Patients may also find that foods do not taste as good as they did prior to treatment. A registered dietitian can suggest ways to deal with these side effects.

 

Clinical Trials of New Uterine Cancer Treatments

Before starting treatment for uterine cancer, patients may want to consider taking part in a clinical trial. A treatment clinical trial is a uterine cancer research study that is meant to help improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments. When clinical trials show that a new treatment for uterine cancer is better than the standard treatment, the new treatment may become the standard treatment.
 

Follow-up Care After Treatment

Follow-up care after treatment is important -- even when there are no longer any signs of cancer. Uterine cancer can recur if there are undetected cancer cells that remain somewhere in the body after treatment. Throughout your follow-up care, your doctor will monitor your recovery and check for recurrence of the cancer. Checkups help to ensure that any changes in your health are noted and treated if needed. Checkups may include:
 
  • A physical exam
  • A pelvic exam
  • Lab tests
  • X-rays
  • Computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Other tests.
 
Patients should contact their doctor if they experience any health problems between scheduled visits.
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