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Each gynecologic cancer is staged and treated differently. This section will help you understand the diagnostic procedures, treatment options, clinical trials, and provide information on the use of complementary medicines. In the event that your disease should require quality of life decisions, we have also included some guides to end of life/hospice care issues.

Diagnostic procedures  Surgery  Radiation  Chemotherapy  Complementary medicine  Side effects of treatment  Clinical trials  End of life and hospice care

 Diagnostic procedures

 Gynecologic Cancer Foundation features publications on education and early detection. http://www.sgo.org/gcf/pubs/gynhealth/

 Lab Tests Online, a searchable site from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, focuses on clinical laboratory tests -- what they are, what normal ranges are, and why and how they are conducted. http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/index.html

 Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide, on-line, explains diagnostic medical tests, preparation, implementation and risks; you can search by test category or name. http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/diagnostics.shtml

 Womens Diagnostic Cyber (Pap, Cervix, Vaginal problems) includes articles and physician advice, symptoms, concerns, and newsletter. http://www.wdxcyber.com/index.htm

 Surgical procedures

 Patient’s Guide to Surgery and Pre-op Guide, written by a surgeon, includes downloadable, pre-op worksheet. http://www.preopguide.com/

 Your Surgery website details many surgical procedures, including hysterectomy. http://www.yoursurgery.com/index.cfm http://www.yoursurgery.com/data/Procedures/hysterectomy/p_hysterectomy.htm

 Radiation

 Radiation Oncology Department at Upenn/Oncolink, describes radiation treatment, equipment, management of side effects, and includes FAQ’s. http://www.oncolink.com/treatment/treatment.cfm?c=5

 Radiology Info provides information on preparing for and understanding many imaging procedures such as MRI, CT scans, x-rays and ultrasound. http://www.radiologyinfo.org

 Specialized information on pelvic radiation from the Oncolink team is found at http://www.oncolink.com/treatment/article.cfm?c=5&s=28&id=22

 Gynecologic Brachytherapy explained by a dosimetrist, an incredible resource for anyone facing internal radiation. http://www.cetmc.com/gyn.html

 Chemotherapy

 The updated chemotherapy guide from Oncolink, referencing all concerns of persons facing chemotherapy choices. http://www.oncolink.com/treatment/treatment.cfm?c=2

 Tirgan Oncology Associates provides up-to-date information on chemotherapy, blood disorders, gene therapy and genetics, plus "e-consultation." http://www.tirgan.com/

 Chemocare provides an overview of the chemotherapy experience, including an extensive drug listing and sections on side effects, nutrition during treatment, and much much more, sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center and Scott Hamilton. http://www.chemocare.com/

 Complementary therapy

 National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements offers publications, database, and current news on this subject. http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov/

 This web site is devoted to the study of BioOncology: http://www.biooncology.com/

 National Cancer Institute has compiled an excellent collection of resources on complementary treatments. http://cancernet.nci.nih.gov/treatment/cam.shtml

 Ask Dr. Weil your questions at http://cgi.pathfinder.com/drweil/index.html

 Learn about Bernie Siegel’s cancer programs and Wellness Centers at http://www.mind-body.org/bernie.htm

 The Alternative Center for Mind-Body Medicine focuses on the interactions between mind and body, and suggests techniques and imagery exercises to help emotional well-being. http://www.healthy.net/cmbm

 Prevention Magazine's web site balances conventional and complementary approaches to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, by emphasizing diet (with recipes!), exercise, and nutritional supplements and medical preventive care. http://www.prevention.com/

 About.com's Cancer Diet section explores nutritional strategies for eating well during and after cancer treatment. You will find advice from a registered dietician, tips on managing chemotherapy issues, helpful hints for vegetarians, and much more to help maintain optimum well-being. http://cancer.about.com/cs/eatingwithcancer/

 Side effects of treatment

 The Cancer Pain section at Pain.com explains the types of pain caused by cancer or treatment for cancer, provides a listing of on-line resources, and includes a library of articles for further research on pain issues. http://www.pain.com/cancerpain/default.cfm

 The National Lymphedema Network is devoted to assisting anyone dealing with lymphedema, providing an overview of the disease, resources for information and advocacy, and referrals to certified treatment centers and healthcare professionals. http://www.lymphnet.org/

 Medline Plus Encyclopedia's Peripheral Neuropathy page is an authoritative source of information, including causes, risks, symptoms and treatment options. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000593.htm

 The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke offers patient studies, publications, and reference materials for anyone who is affected by peripheral neuropathy. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/health_and_medical/disorders/peripheralneuropathy_doc.htm

 fertileHOPE is dedicated to cancer-related fertility issues. An outline of risks leads to questions to ask about how treatment will affect your fertility, and follows with various solutions for it's preservation. http://www.fertilehope.org/home.html

 Clinical trials

Search for the latest information on clinical trials on these two US government sites:

 National Institutes for Health: http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct/gui/c/r

 National Cancer Institute: http://cancernet.nci.nih.gov/trialsrch.shtml

 End of life and hospice care

 American College of Physicians provides the "Home Care Guide to Dying" on this site: http://www.acponline.org/public/h_care/contents.htm

 The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization discusses hospice and palliative care at http://www.nhpco.org/

 "On Our Own Terms," produced by Bill Moyers for PBS, provides a thorough overview of issues related to death and dying, including a guide to advance directive forms, care options, hospice and palliative care issues, and information on Medicare and Medicaid in the End-of-Life Tools section. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/onourownterms/

 Crossing the Creek, a guide to end of life issues, is intended to provide dying people and their caregivers with a general description of what to expect, including understanding physical symptoms and dealing with grief and other emotional issues. http://www.mttaylor.com/creek/Guts.htm

 An End of Life Care Guide and resources are available at Growth House: http://www.growthhouse.org/

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