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Cervical Cancer

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 8/2012
Questions to Ask the Doctor

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Talking often with the doctor is important to make informed decisions about your health care. These suggested questions are a starting point to help you learn more about your cancer care and treatment. You are also encouraged to ask additional questions that are important to you.

Prevention/before a diagnosis of cervical cancer

  • Should I receive the HPV vaccine?
  • Should I be tested for HPV infection? What does this mean?
  • How often should I have a Pap test?

After a diagnosis of cervical cancer or precancer

  • What is my diagnosis, and what does it mean?
  • What is the stage of the precancer or cancer? What does this mean?
  • Can you explain my pathology report (laboratory test results) to me?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What clinical trials are open to me?
  • What treatment plan do you recommend? Why?
  • Who will be part of my health care team, and what does each member do?
  • Who will be coordinating my overall treatment and follow-up care?
  • What are the possible side effects of this treatment, both in the short term and the long term?
  • Will this treatment affect my ability to become pregnant in the future? Should I talk with a fertility expert before starting treatment?
  • How will this treatment affect my daily life? Will I be able to work, exercise, and perform my usual activities?
  • If I’m worried about managing the costs related to my cancer care, who can help me with these concerns?
  • Should I stop have sex during treatment?
  • Will my sex life be affected after treatment?
  • What can I do to stay healthy as possible during and after treatment?
  • What follow-up tests will I need, and how often will I need them?
  • What support services are available to me? To my family?
  • Whom do I call for questions or problems?

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