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Follow the links below to find out how other people have coped after they finished their cancer treatment. Not all of the people sharing their stories have had cervical cancer – some have not even had a gynaecological cancer – but their stories have common themes that many people will relate to.

Faces of cervical cancer: Information and support for those living with cervical health issues
Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (AUS, 2020)
This booklet provides simple explanations of cervical abnormalities, including cervical cancer and treatment. Section 3 'Post treatment' focuses on the unique personal stories of five women.
 (PDF booklet)

‘It’s not selfish – it’s self care’, Linnet Hunter
Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre; Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (AUS, 2016)
Linnet Hunter describes how she took care of herself during her experience of cervical cancer, with the support of family, friends and her treating team.
  (PDF)

Living with gynaecological cancer 4.1 Getting back to life
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse (AUS, 2013)
Three women who have experienced gynaecological cancer discuss how it has affected their life in general. Includes comments from a gynaecological cancer nurse and social worker. Sometimes YouTube suggests other videos on similar topics. Please be aware that these other videos have not been reviewed for the Navigator, and may not be reputable.
 (YouTube video)

Just take it day to day
Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre (ACSC)
Cancer survivors discuss their feelings following the end of treatment, and how they managed them. YouTube sometimes suggests other videos on similar topics. Please be aware that these other videos have not been reviewed for the Navigator and may not be reputable.
 (YouTube – series of 10 videos)

A common path: Life after cancer
North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service (NEMICS) (AUS, 2017)
Cancer survivors provide support and advice to others about strategies they used to return to living well after endometrial cancer. YouTube sometimes suggests other videos on similar topics. Please be aware that these other videos have not been reviewed for the Navigator and may not be reputable.
 (YouTube video – 20 mins)

Living with gynaecological cancer 4.3 Emotional changes
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse (AUS, 2013)
Three women who have experienced gynaecological cancer discuss how their emotions were affected. Includes comments from a gynaecological cancer nurse and social worker.
YouTube sometimes suggests other videos on similar topics. Please be aware that these other videos have not been reviewed for the Navigator, and may not be reputable.
 (YouTube video)

Relationships: Negotiating new relationships
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse (AUS, 2013)
A young woman tells her story of finding a new relationship following treatment for cervical cancer. Includes tips from gynaecological cancer social worker on the kinds of topics that women might wish to discuss with their new partner. YouTube sometimes suggests other videos on similar topics. Please be aware that these other videos have not been reviewed for the Navigator, and may not be reputable.
 (YouTube video)

Living with gynaecological cancer: part 3.3: Intimate and sexual relationships
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse (AUS, 2013)
Two women discuss the impact of cancer on sexuality and intimacy in their relationships. Includes comments from a gynaecological cancer nurse and social worker. YouTube sometimes suggests other videos on similar topics. Please be aware that these other videos have not been reviewed for the Navigator, and may not be reputable.
 (YouTube video)

Lisa Forrest’s story
Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (AUS, 2017)
Lisa was diagnosed with cervical cancer while pregnant. Her cancer responded well to treatment, she was able to continue her pregnancy, and she is now cancer free. This is a promotional video for the AGCF.
 (online video, 6 mins 38 secs)

Lisa Banfield on cervical cancer
Australian Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (AUS, 2016)
Lisa was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1996. She tells the story of her difficult diagnosis and having children by surrogacy.
  (web page and online video, 5 mins 58 secs)


Last Updated: 29 June, 2020 3:15 pm