The Symptom Experience and Self-management Strategies of Women Undergoing Cervical Cancer Treatment: A Qualitative Study

Conclusion Diagnosis and treatment create an opportunity for the women to critically reflect on their lives and to develop new life perspectives. During treatment, a mental transformation involving the use of various individual social, mental, and physical coping strategies allowed the women to manage their daily lives. This enabled self-management strategies, resulting in maintaining a sense of normalcy, trying to defy the adverse effects, and prioritizing themselves, their families, and the treatment. Implications for Practice Women with cervical cancer undergoing oncological treatment need more specific and detailed information about the course of treatment, symptom management, adverse effects, and psychological reactions to better manage their daily lives. Healthcare professionals play a crucial role in supporting and guiding the women and in ensuring optimal symptom management.
Source: Cancer Nursing - Category: Nursing Tags: ARTICLES Source Type: research

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The current standard treatment for locally advanced cervical cancer (LACC) is external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) with weekly cisplatin (40mg/m2) followed by image-guided adaptive brachytherapy (IGABT)[1]. Although with this combined modality approach, cancer control has been improved with a simultaneous reduction of severe toxicity, vaginal morbidity is still a frequently mentioned late effect in cancer survivors often leading to sexual dysfunction [2 –6]. Vaginal stenosis is the most frequently scored late vaginal side-effect and is persistent over time [2,7].
Source: Radiotherapy and Oncology - Category: Radiology Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionPelvic floor dysfunction commonly deteriorates and negatively impacts on quality of life after minimally invasive radical hysterectomy, especially bowel function after TMMR. Pelvic floor symptoms should routinely be addressed pre- and postoperatively.
Source: Clinical and Translational Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
ConclusionsThis study shows that the sexual function of cervical cancer patients tends to be related to age, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. However, across these factors, patients with preserved ovaries tend to return to a satisfactory sexual quality of life after recovering from surgery.
Source: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
Purpose of review Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects women differently than men. This review outlines the current thinking on the impact of IBD, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, on women's health. Recent findings IBD symptoms worsen during the menstrual cycle without corelating to disease activity. Endometriosis is more frequent in women with than those without IBD. Low fertility rate is rather because of voluntary childlessness than severe disease, perianal involvement, and ileal pouch anal anastomosis (IPAA) surgery. For women with ulcerative colitis, in-vitro fertilization successfully overcomes ...
Source: Current Opinion in Gastroenterology - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE: Edited by Miguel D. Regueiro Source Type: research
ConclusionsVS is highly prevalent in CC and EC patients, with vaginal length decreased in both groups but with a higher vaginal diameter in those with EC. Nevertheless, sexual dysfunction is highly prevalent in both groups.
Source: International Urogynecology Journal - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
ConclusionsThis study shows that the sexual function of cervical cancer patients tends to be related to age, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. However, across these factors, patients with preserved ovaries tend to return to a satisfactory sexual quality of life after recovering from surgery.
Source: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
Authors: Wang J, Yang Z, Li W Abstract The human microbiota typically contains symbionts and supports the host, although it can be commensal or reciprocal and pathogenic in its host function, immunity, and diet. Modern studies indicate that perturbations in the microbiome may be present in quite a few diseases, including inflammation and cancer. To be more specific, changes in the microbiomes of the gut and vagina may be related to various gynecologic cancers (cervical, uterine, and ovarian). Furthermore, the gastrointestinal microbiota can be altered by environmental factors and pre-existing morbidities and may ca...
Source: Journal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology and Oncology - Category: Environmental Health Tags: J Environ Pathol Toxicol Oncol Source Type: research
Conclusion Sexual dysfunction was present in women studied and had a negative impact on quality of life.
Source: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP - Category: Nursing Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Cancer treatment has a significant impact on sexual activity in women with gynecological cancer. Around 30% of participants reported not having any physical contact with their partners since receiving cancer treatment. Sexual rehabilitation counseling that emphasizes alternative forms of sexual expression is suggested. PMID: 32861538 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Gynecologic Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Gynecol Oncol Source Type: research
Authors: Shankar A, Patil J, Luther A, Mandrelle K, Chakraborty A, Dubey A, Saini D, Bharat RP, Abrol D, Bharti SJ, Bentrad V Abstract Treatment for cervical cancer consists of hysterectomy, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy in different combination based on stage at presentation. However, late consequences of such radical treatments are known but not many Indian studies have reported it. Quality of life and impact on sexual health has become an important issue in view of long survival of cervical cancer patients. LENTSOMA scale is one such scale validated for scoring radiotherapy related morbidity. H...
Source: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Asian Pac J Cancer Prev Source Type: research
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