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How can I look good while I get treated for cervical cancer?

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Some treatments and medications for cervical cancer can change the way you look and feel. Ask your doctor if you might lose your hair. They can write you a prescription for a wig that your insurer should cover. Your doctor and your stylist might have tips for how to manage your hair.

Your skin might also change during treatment. It could get more dry or sensitive, or may take on a yellowish tinge. Using mild, fragrance-free products and hypoallergenic moisturizers can help. Chemotherapy and radiation can make you more likely to sunburn, always apply sunblock with at least SPF 30 with broad spectrum) wear a hat whenever you go outside.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is cervical cancer treated?,” “Lifestyle changes after having cervical cancer,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment -- Benefits of good nutrition during cancer treatment,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment -- Once treatment starts,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment - Appetite changes.”

Comprehensive Cancer Center -- University of Michigan Health System: “Looking Your Best.”

Look Good Feel Better: “Program Description.”

Foundation for Women’s Cancer: “Other Resources.”

Cancer and Careers: “Wigs for Cancer Patients,” “Skin Care.”

Mayo Clinic: “How does cancer treatment cause sexual side effects?”

Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center: “The Treatment Mind Game: How to Feel Better During Chemotherapy.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Living Beyond Cervical Cancer.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is cervical cancer treated?,” “Lifestyle changes after having cervical cancer,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment -- Benefits of good nutrition during cancer treatment,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment -- Once treatment starts,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment - Appetite changes.”

Comprehensive Cancer Center -- University of Michigan Health System: “Looking Your Best.”

Look Good Feel Better: “Program Description.”

Foundation for Women’s Cancer: “Other Resources.”

Cancer and Careers: “Wigs for Cancer Patients,” “Skin Care.”

Mayo Clinic: “How does cancer treatment cause sexual side effects?”

Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center: “The Treatment Mind Game: How to Feel Better During Chemotherapy.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Living Beyond Cervical Cancer.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 20, 2018

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