Do you wonder what caused your gynecological cancer?


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Why me? Why did I get cancer? I’m fairly healthy, I exercise some, and I don’t smoke or drink too much. What did I do wrong? Is there something I could have done to prevent getting cancer?

These are common questions that run through your mind when you’re diagnosed with cancer. You want to know the why and what for. Was it your fault or just fate? You feel answers will give you some sense of control.

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Do you have itchy skin? Is your skin crawling? How did you find relief?


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One day you may itch all over, and the next it feels like an army of ants are marching across your body. Where your skin used to be smooth and soft, it’s now dry and flaky. You’re seeing blemishes and red spots every time you look in the mirror, but you don’t know what’s causing them.

Since estrogen is responsible for much of your skin’s health, declining levels during perimenopause have an impact on how your skin looks and feels. Your skin loses its ability to hold moisture as it should, and its production of natural oil deceases. The result? Rashes begin to form, bumps start to appear, and dry patches start to flake — all of which can itch, and itch, and itch.

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How did you care for your incisions after your hysterectomy?


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Depending on the type of hysterectomy you have, you may have some external incisions that need special care. You may have one large incision, a single smaller incision, or several smaller ones. The hospital should give you specific instructions for taking care of whichever incision type you have in your discharge instructions. If they don’t, you can ask your surgeon or call his/her office for instructions.
As a general rule, you should not use any medications, ointments, gels, lotions, scar care products, peroxide, etc. on your incision unless your surgeon instructs you to do so. Also, you shouldn’t remove any bandages or steri-strips unless instructed to do so by your physician. Removing scabs and/or pulling on stitches is also a bad idea.

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What’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to research? How can you tell if a source can be trusted?


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With the internet, magazines, and books at your fingertips, you can easily be inundated with information. But how do you know which sources are accurate and which ones are a figment of the author’s imagination? Using the “Trust It or Trash It” tool created by the Access to Credible Genetics Resource Network (ATCG), here are some tips to help you determine how credible a source is.

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What has helped you create a regular exercise routine?


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You’ve just had your annual well-woman exam, and once again your doctor has asked about your exercise routine. Oops, you still don’t have one!

You know in your head there are health benefits for exercising, but getting started is another matter. Maybe it’s time to finally commit to a regular exercise program. Now is as good a time as any to start taking advantage of those health benefits; besides, you aren’t getting any younger. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking that first step today.

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What do you do to help prevent your cancer from recurring? Add to our list!


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When it comes to gynecologic cancer, it’s important to work with your medical team, beginning with diagnosis and on through remission. Completing the treatment plan appropriate for your situation will give you the best possible long term results.

Depending on the stage and grade, your treatment might include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, targeted therapy, and/or hormonal therapy. You and your doctor can also discuss alternative and complementary treatment options you might want to try. Clinical trials using new medications or innovative methods may also something for you to consider as part of your treatment.

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How much did you walk following your hysterectomy? How did walking after your hysterectomy feel?


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In the days following your hysterectomy, walking is about the only exercise you will be able to do safely. Your activity level will be restricted for several weeks, but walking will be a way you can get up and move around safely.

Moving after surgery is just as important as resting. Staying still too long can lead to serious, and even life-threatening complications. The combination of the time spent in bed, the effects of anesthesia, and the drying of your lungs from the oxygen can cause secretions to pool in your lungs. As a result, you could develop pneumonia which could complicate your recovery and compromise your long term health

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Did you wonder how your vagina stays in place after your hysterectomy?


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Depending on your surgeon and hysterectomy type, your surgeon will likely take the ligaments that were holding the uterus in place and attach them to the top of your vagina. If you had a total hysterectomy, they will be attached to the vaginal cuff. The specifics will vary based on which type of hysterectomy you have, but generally the process involves suturing the uterosacral ligaments to the vaginal cuff and reinforcing them to provide ample support for the vaginal vault.

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Are you dealing with menopause arthritis? Check out our tips of what to do with arthritis. Add to our list!


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Is menopause arthritis slowing you down? Do you feel aching and sore, especially in the morning, and has your quality of life degraded?

Menopause arthritis – it’s the joint pain that shows up around the time of menopause – adds to your list of menopause-related maladies. It’s definitely not what you wanted or needed in your life.

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How did you manage your pain with endometriosis? What did you find to be effective in helping the pain?


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Pain management can be used to manage the pain caused by endometriosis. To be clear, however, it does not eliminate endometriosis. Typically, pain management involves multiple therapies that have been tailored to your symptoms and situation. For the best results, you should work with a pain management specialist familiar with endometriosis.

Pain medications can also be effective for managing pain and symptoms caused by endometriosis, but again, they do not treat the actual endometriosis. Depending on your situation, pain medications may be a critical part of your overall treatment plan as you cope with this condition.

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