A Guide to Coping with
Gynecological Cancer

Gynecological Cancers can include cancers of the cervix, ovaries, endometrium, uterus, fallopian tubes, vagina, labia, and vulva.

This information is about how you might feel and what you might go through when you are diagnosed with gynecological cancer. It does not offer medical information about specific diagnosis, or about treatment options. The symptoms, effects, and feelings described in this information will not be experienced by every women. Your diagnosis, treatment, personal life situation, as well as where you live, will affect your experience. The purpose of this project is to share some women's experiences with gynecological cancer, in hope that some parts of their stories connect with yours and that their ideas for coping will be helpful to you.


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Contents:
Diagnosis
Relating To Medical Professionals
treatment and Its Side Effects
Taking Care of Your Feelings and Needs
Creating A Support Network
Advice For Supporters
Work and Money
Dealing with Infertility & Menopause

Body Image
Sexuality
Words of Hope
Places to Go & People to Call

Books & Pamphlets

Acknowledgements
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Our deep appreciation to Anne-Marie, Carol, Carole, Chris, Debbie, Heather, Lily, Linda, Marianne, and Patti, who shared their stories and energy to give this project life. These women are very different from another. What connects them is their willingness to share their hope, pain, fear, and courage.

The project was coordinated by the Regional Women's Health Centre of Women's College Hospital with the assistance of DES Action, and Willow Breast Cancer Support and Resource Services.

This project was made possible through funding from the Health Promotion and Programs Branch-Ontario Region, Health Canada. The views expressed here do not necessarily represent the official policy of Health Canada.

This information is available in print as a booklet: "Women's Journeys - A Guide to Coping with Gynecological Cancer".

Single copies of the booklet can be ordered at no cost by calling the Cancer Information Service 1-888-939-3333.

For more information on the booklet, or for bulk orders, contact:

The Gynecological Cancer and Endometriosis Network
Adelaide Resource Centre For Women
67 Adelaide Street East
2nd Floor, Health Centre
Toronto ON M5C 1K6 Canada
Tel: (416) 392-9282 Fax: (416) 392-9238

This material provides general information and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. If you think you need medical advice, please see your health professional.

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