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Living With Cancer

When treated while it is still limited to the uterus, endometrial cancer has an excellent prognosis and is less likely to recur than other gynecological cancers. However, whatever stage your cancer is treated at, learning to live with the fear of recurrence is part of having had cancer.

The support of your family and friends will be important, but sometimes the people close to us don't know what to say or how to help. This can be particularly true for women, who may have always been the caregivers. Talk to the staff where you get your treatments about the resources available to you. They may be able to refer you to counselling services or support groups, where you can meet other women with similar experiences.

Followup Care
An important part of protecting your health is your followup care. After surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, your doctor will suggest a schedule for followup visits. At each visit, your doctor will examine you, ask about any symptoms, and schedule followup tests if needed.

Daily Activities
As much as possible, try to resume your regular activities of daily living – particularly those you enjoy. Once you have recovered from any side effects you may have experienced from treatment, getting back to your 'regular life' will help you remember what is important to you, and let you feel more in control of your life. Staying active is a good way to reduce stress and avoid depression. If you do find yourself overwhelmed by the impact of your experiences, don't be shy about seeking help.


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