100 Questions & Answers About Uterine Cancer

100 Questions & Answers About Uterine Cancer

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Whether you are a newly diagnosed uterine cancer patient, a survivor, or a friend or relative of either, this book offers help. The only book to provide both professional information and patient views, 100 Questions and Answers About Uterine Cancer gives you authoritative, practical answers to your questions about all aspects of this disease. Written by two renowned gynecologic oncologists and including insider advice from an actual patient, this book explains many important facts about symptoms and the diagnosis process, treatment options, post-treatment quality of life, coping strategies, and sources of patient and family support in easy to understand language. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of this frightening disease.

Table of contents

Title......Page 3
Copyright......Page 4
Contents......Page 7
Introduction......Page 9
Patient Biography......Page 11
Part One: The Basics......Page 13
2. What is cancer?......Page 14
3. Is cancer contagious?......Page 16
4. Where is the uterus?......Page 17
6. What is a fibroid? Can it become a uterine cancer?......Page 18
7. How do you screen for uterine cancer?......Page 19
9. What are the types of uterine cancer?......Page 20
10. What are the symptoms of uterine cancer?......Page 21
Part Two: Risk Factors......Page 23
12. How can uterine cancer run in families?......Page 24
13. I had heard that women with breast cancer can get uterine cancer. Is that true?......Page 25
14. Can medications cause uterine cancer?......Page 26
Part Three: Uterine Epithelial Cancer......Page 27
16. Are there different classifications of tumors? How are they different?......Page 28
17. How do you diagnose uterine carcinoma?......Page 29
18. Are there blood tests that can be used to screen for or diagnose uterine cancer?......Page 30
19. I had an ultrasound for uterine cancer. What exactly are they looking for?......Page 31
20. What are lymph nodes and are they important in diagnosis?......Page 32
21. What is a PET scan? Are they good for diagnosis?......Page 33
22. What is the difference between a computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in working up uterine cancer?......Page 34
24. What is tumor stage? How is uterine cancer staged?......Page 35
25. How does uterine cancer spread?......Page 37
Part Four: Treatment of Epithelial Cancers of the Uterus......Page 39
27. How do I decide by whom and where I should be treated?......Page 40
28. My surgeon recommends that I have my uterus removed. How do they do this?......Page 41
29. Can I have my surgery done vaginally?......Page 42
30. Do I need to have my ovaries removed? My cervix?......Page 43
33. Are there side effects or long-term problems associated with removing your lymph nodes?......Page 44
34. How does a surgeon decide whether to take the lymph nodes?......Page 45
35. If I didnt have my nodes removed, should I go back to the operating room?......Page 46
36. What is robotic surgery? Is this an option for me? What about laparoscopy?......Page 47
37. What happens after surgery? My doctor mentioned radiation treatment but I dont get what that means.......Page 49
38. What is the role of radiation treatment for uterine cancer?......Page 53
39. How do you decide if I need radiation therapy?......Page 54
40. If I dont have my uterus, what exactly is being radiated?......Page 55
42. What kind of chemotherapy is used to treat uterine cancer?......Page 56
44. What are the side effects of treatment?......Page 59
45. My doctor says I have advanced cancer of the uterus. Can I still be cured?......Page 61
46. How will my age affect my options for treatment?......Page 62
47. What is a mediport? Should I get one?......Page 63
Part Five: Uterine Sarcomas......Page 65
49. Are there different types of uterine sarcoma?......Page 66
52. What kind of surgery is done for uterine sarcomas?......Page 67
54. What is my prognosis?......Page 69
Part Six: Gestational Trophoblast Neoplasias......Page 71
55. What is gestational trophoblast neoplasia?......Page 72
56. How are they diagnosed?......Page 73
57. Is imaging helpful in making this diagnosis?......Page 74
58. How are moles treated? Will I need a hysterectomy?......Page 75
60. Can I have children after being diagnosed with this?......Page 76
62. How is it staged?......Page 77
63. How is it treated?......Page 79
64. What happens if GTN does not go in to remission or returns?......Page 81
Part Seven: Treating Recurrent Uterine Cancer......Page 83
65. How can endometrial cancer come back if I dont have my uterus?......Page 84
66. Is surgery an option if my disease comes back?......Page 85
67. How is uterine cancer treated once it has come back?......Page 86
68. What is a clinical trial?......Page 88
69. Are there different types of clinical trials?......Page 89
70. When should I consider a clinical trial?......Page 91
Part Eight: Treatment at the End of Life......Page 95
73. What is a PEG tube?......Page 96
74. What is TPN?......Page 97
76. What do I tell my family?......Page 98
77. What is a living will? What about a health care proxy?......Page 99
79. What does DNR stand for?......Page 100
Part Nine: Survivorship Issues for Women with Uterine Cancer......Page 103
81. What causes pain for women with uterine cancer?......Page 104
82. What should I do to manage pain?......Page 105
83. Are there options if I want to have children in the future?......Page 107
84. What about adoption? Is this also an option?......Page 108
86. Will my sex life be affected after I complete my uterine cancer treatment?......Page 109
87. Sex is painful. What can I do about it?......Page 111
89. I have absolutely no interest in sex since treatment ended. Can I do anything about it?......Page 112
90. What can I do about hot flashes?......Page 113
92. Can I take hormone replacement therapy?......Page 117
93. When am I considered a cancer survivor?......Page 119
95. Are depression or other psychological issues common after treatment?......Page 121
96. How can I cope with uterine cancer?......Page 122
97. How are women followed after treatment for uterine cancer?......Page 123
98. What should I be screened for? I already had cancer.......Page 125
100. Where can I get more information?......Page 130
Resources......Page 133
Glossary......Page 135
Index......Page 141

Details

  • Author: Don S. Dizon, Linda R. Duska
  • Edition: 1
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Publisher: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc
  • ISBN-10: 0763776580
  • ISBN-13: 9780763776589
  • Pages: 147
  • Format: pdf
  • Size: 782.9K
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