Dr. Magtibay describes how a woman should prepare before starting cervical cancer treatment.
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Cervical Cancer Treatment Preparation When I ask a woman to prepare for treatment, it depends on what kind of treatment we offer them for their cervix cancer. If for example, it’s surgery, I want the patient to know that after surgery I don’t want them bedridden. Women, we want them to get up and move around and ambulate and not necessarily be weighted on because we know that the longer you are in bed the higher risk of developing pneumonia or a blood clot in your leg, which could go to your lung called a pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal. So after surgery, I really ask a woman to work on trying to get back to her usual activities with some restrictions such as lifting and nothing in the vagina. But really I want them to be mobile, active, have a healthy diet, not to take excessive amounts of supplements. Certain nutritional supplements can promote bleeding and just maintain an active healthy lifestyle. From a radiation and a chemotherapy standpoint again, an active healthy lifestyle, no excessive supplements which may adversely affect the potency of radiation therapy or chemotherapy for example, and just to try to stay nutritionally healthy and physically healthy.