What happens after treatment

After your treatment has finished you will need to have regular check-ups. These will often go on for several years and may include a physical examination, blood tests, x-rays or scans.

If you have any problems or ongoing side effects from the treatment, or notice any new symptoms between your check-ups, let your doctor, radiographer or specialist nurse know as soon as possible.

Many women who are treated for early and locally advanced cervical cancer will be completely cured of their cancer and it won’t come back.

What you can do

One of the hardest things to cope with can be the feeling that the cancer and its treatment have taken over your life. This is a common feeling, but there are lots of things you can do.

There may be days when you feel too tired to even think about what could help. You’ll have good and bad days, but if you’re overwhelmed by these feelings, let your doctor or nurse know. It may be that you have depression, and this is treatable so they should be able to help.

Finding ways to cope

You may find it helps to try to carry on with life as normally as possible, by staying in contact with friends and keeping up your usual activities. Or you may want to decide on new priorities in your life. This could mean spending more time with family, going on the holiday you’ve dreamed about or taking up a new hobby. Just thinking about these things and making plans can help you realise that you still have choices.

Some people want to improve their general health by eating a more healthy diet, by getting fitter or by finding a relaxing complementary therapy.

Understanding about the cancer and its treatment helps many people cope. It means they can discuss plans for treatment, tests and check-ups with their doctors and nurses. Being involved in these choices can help give you back control of your life.

Back to Treating

Making treatment decisions

Find out what to expect when you first visit your doctor and how your treatment is planned.

Surgery

Surgery involves removing all or part of the cancer with an operation. It is an important treatment for many cancers.

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy is the use of high-energy rays, usually x-rays and similar rays (such as electrons) to treat cancer.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy uses drugs to treat cancer. It is most commonly given as an injection into a vein or as tablets or capsules.

Chemoradiation

Chemoradiation is a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Targeted (biological) therapies

Targeted (biological) therapies interfere with the way cells grow and divide.

Clinical trials

Many people are offered a trial as part of treatment. Find out more to help you decide if a trial is right for you.