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You have been diagnosed with uterine cancer. This is the abnormal growth of cells in the uterus. Surgery is the most common treatment. You may have just the uterus removed. This is called hysterectomy. Or you may have the fallopian tubes and ovaries removed, too. This is called total hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. Lymph nodes in the area may also be removed. You may have radiation therapy after the surgery. In some cases, chemotherapy may be used as well. This sheet will help you take care of yourself at home.
Ask for help with chores and errands while you recover.
Do not lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 2 weeks.
Do not do housework for 2 weeks.
Limit stair climbing for the first 2 weeks. Climb stairs slowly and pause every few steps.
Walk as often as you are able.
Do not drive if you are taking narcotic pain medication.
Ask your doctor when you can return to work
Take only the medications that are prescribed by your doctor. Tell your doctor if you take other medications. These include herbs and other supplements.
Take pain medication as advised.
Do the coughing and breathing exercises that you learned in the hospital.
Eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day.
Use a laxative or a stool softener as advised.
Wash your incision with mild soap and water. Pat it dry. Do not use oil, powder, or lotion on your incision.
Shower as usual. Do not take a bath until your doctor says it’s okay.
Do not use tampons or douches or have sex until your doctor says it’s okay.
Tell your doctor if you have hot flashes or mood swings. There are medications that can help you if needed.
Make a follow-up appointment as advised by our staff.
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:
Fever of 100.4°F or higher
Bright red vaginal bleeding or a smelly discharge
Vaginal bleeding that soaks more than one sanitary pad per hour
Trouble urinating or burning when you urinate
Severe pain or bloating in your belly
Redness, swelling, or drainage at your incision site
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