After treatment for cervical cancer

After your treatment has finished, you will have regular check-ups with your cancer doctor or nurse. These may include a physical examination, blood tests, x-rays or scans.

You can talk to your doctor or nurse about any problems or worries at these check-ups. But if you notice new symptoms or have problems between appointments, contact your doctor or nurse for advice.

Many people find that they get anxious before their appointments. You may worry about the cancer coming back. This is natural. It can help to get support from family, friends or your specialist nurse. Or you can speak to our cancer support specialists on 0808 808 00 00. Some other organisations also offer support to people affected by cancer of the cervix.

Well-being and recovery

After treatment, you may just want to get back to everyday life. But you may still be coping with the side effects of treatment, adjusting to physical changes or dealing with some difficult emotions. Recovery takes time, so do not rush it and try to be kind to yourself.

Some people choose to make lifestyle changes to improve their health and well-being. Even if you had a healthy lifestyle before cancer, you may be more focused on making the most of your health.

Eat healthily

A healthy, balanced diet gives you more energy and will help you to recover. Talk to your GP, specialist nurse or a dietitian if you have any special dietary or medical needs. We have information about healthy eating that you may find helpful.

Be physically active

Being physically active after cancer treatment can:

  • boost your energy levels
  • help you keep to a healthy weight
  • reduce stress and fatigue.

It can also reduce your risk of:

  • bone thinning, if you have had an early menopause
  • health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.

Your GP or cancer doctor may be able to refer you to an exercise group for people with cancer. Ask them for advice about what is available in your local area.  We have more information about keeping active.

Stop smoking and stick to sensible drinking

If you smoke, giving up is the healthiest decision you can make. Stopping smoking reduces your risk of heart and lung disease, bone thinning (osteoporosis), and smoking-related cancers. If you want to stop, your GP can give you advice. We have more information about giving up smoking.

Alcohol has also been linked to a higher risk of some types of cancer and to weight gain. If you drink alcohol:

  • do not regularly drink more than 14 units in a week
  • spread the amount you drink in a week over three or more days
  • try to have several alcohol-free days every week.

There is more information about drinking alcohol at drinkaware.co.uk

Once I began to feel better, I took up running and started to walk more. I felt that it did me so much good physically and psychologically.

Mia

Complementary therapies

Some people use complementary therapies to help them relax or cope with treatment side effects. Some hospitals or support groups offer therapies such as relaxation or aromatherapy. Ask your cancer doctor or nurse what is available in your area. We have more information about complementary therapies.

Back to Beginning to recover

Fertility, menopause and sex

Treatments for cervical cancer may affect your fertility and bring on an early menopause. They can also affect your sex life.

Lifestyle and well-being

Looking after yourself and doing some physical activity can be an important part of your recovery.