Cervical cancer is the 17th most common cancer among women. It is a complex condition, as are most cancers, with the most common treatment being a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. For survivors of cervical cancer, not only do they experience a myriad of long-term gynecological and systemic side effects of treatment, but there is also the ever present worry about cancer recurrence.
This month, Dr. Quinn Hand, fellow Naturopathic Doctor, practicing in downtown Toronto, sat down with Dr. Cox to discuss the complexities of post-treatment health for cervical cancer survivors. They spoke about some of the most common questions from ovarian cancer survivors, which include:
- What are the conventional and alternative monitor strategies should cancer survivors be looking at with their health care team?
- What maintenance therapies are recommended post treatment for those with cervical cancer, and how do they reduce the risk of recurrence?
- How can those recovering from cervical cancer find body confidence again?
Dr. Cox shares her insights into using blood markers, like C-reactive Protein (CRP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), to monitor health status after remission. She also shares her perspectives on improving nutritional status, including addressing folate, vitamin D, E and A levels to help recovery and improve long term health. Finally, be sure to watch through to the end of the discussion to hear Dr. Cox’s experience helping women recover body confidence after treatment, addressing issues like pelvic floor function and sexual intimacy.
This discussion is a great overview for anyone navigating survivorship after cervical cancer. To dive in further, grab a copy of Dr. Katrina’s book “The Opportunity in Cancer.”