After your cancer diagnosis, your next appointment with us will start before you visit the clinic. Our nurse navigator will reach out before the appointment. The nurse will help you understand what your appointment will entail and what to bring with you.
The nurse navigator is an excellent resource if you have questions. Ask, and we’ll get you the answer -- plain and simple.
What to bring to appointments
There are a few things we ask you to bring when you visit our clinic. Keeping these handy helps get you in and out quicker and more smoothly:
- Driver’s license or another photo ID
- Insurance card
- List of current medications (include vitamins and supplements)
- Medical records (if you’re not our patient already)
- Radiology reports, if applicable (films or CDs)
If your doctor needs you to bring in other documents, the nurse navigator will share that with you during the pre-appointment phone call. If you are coming in for surgery, your doctor will provide specific instructions for taking medications, eating, and drinking the day before and morning of your surgery.
During and after treatment
Depending on your type of women’s cancer, your doctor may recommend one or more of a range of treatment options. Some of these treatments include:
- Laser therapy for genital lesions
- LEEP procedure, a technique to remove abnormal cervical cells
- Minimally invasive surgery
- Radiation therapy
You may experience side effects during and after treatment. These will vary depending on your care plan. Some side effects of cancer treatment include:
- Emotional mood swings
- Hair loss from chemotherapy
- Lymphedema, or swelling where lymph nodes were removed
- Soreness and tenderness from surgery
Remember, you aren’t alone. Sometimes it helps to read stories from people who’ve been in your shoes. We offer patient stories to inspire you to stay positive during recovery.