Remedies and Life Changes among Invasive Cervical Cancer Survivors

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Abstract

This study addresses health practices and perceived disease impact among long-term survivors of invasive cervical cancer. Little is now known about how these women adapt and how often positive changes may result from their experience. Interviews were conducted with 208 individuals 6 to 29 years post-invasive cervical cancer diagnosis identified through the Connecticut Tumor Registry. Questioning focused on alternative remedies used, health practices, life priorities, and health status. Despite the challenges associated with a history of cervical cancer, women interviewed in this study found opportunities for adaptation and growth. Health professionals should inform cervical cancer patients about remedies that women have found valuable in promoting recovery, as well as share information about how survivors have grown personally through the disease experience.

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