Q. I've been diagnosed with uterine cancer and my OB-GYN did not refer me to anyone. How can I find a specialist?
I’d recommend locating a highly skilled gynecologic oncologist. This is a doctor who specializes in the surgical care and medical treatment of women with cancer of the reproductive organs. Keep in mind that you want to choose a doctor who specializes in treating uterine cancer based on his or her credentials, as well as one with whom you feel comfortable and whose style you like.
Cancer.net, the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s website, allows you to search by doctor’s name, organization, location, and specialty
National Cancer Institute provides information about finding a doctor
Ask your primary medical doctor for a referral
Ask a friend or family member if they can recommend a specialist
Most hospitals offer doctor referral services – select a hospital based on its reputation for providing high quality cancer care (e.g., NCI designated facility)
Q. I've been diagnosed with endometrial cancer and will have a hysterectomy. I'm worried about the physical and emotional toll it might take. Is there any way I can prepare myself?
Taking time to prepare yourself before your treatment can help reduce anxiety. One of the ways in which planning can be beneficial is by talking with your doctor about what to expect before and after a hysterectomy, both physically and emotionally. Our fact sheet, “Doctor Can We Talk? Tips for Communicating With Your Health Care Team, might be helpful as it provides tips on how to make the most out of your visit.
It is equally important to acknowledge you may have different feelings before and after your surgery. In order to explore those feelings, you may want to consider options for building in emotional support. Many women find comfort in support groups by sharing their feelings and learning how others cope with challenges and common fears. Indivudal counseling might also be helpful. You can learn more about CancerCare support groups or speak with an oncology social worker.
Other resources include:
HysterSisters offers information, support, and resources for hysterectomy-related needs.
Eyesontheprize.org provides FAQs answered by women who have been through a hysterectomy.
Additionally, some people find various activities help ease their anxiety such as journaling, meditating, exercise, and exploring nature. If there are activities in your life that bring you a sense of calm, it is particularly important during this time to seek out and engage in those activities.