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Discharge Instructions for Cancer of the Uterus

You have been diagnosed with uterine cancer. This is the abnormal growth of cells in your 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, called 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.

Activity

  • Ask for help with chores and errands while you recover.

  • Do not lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 6 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.

  • Ask your health care provider about when you can drive, and do not drive if you are taking narcotic pain medication.

  • Ask your health care provider when you can return to work

Other Home Care

  • Take only the medications that your health care provider prescribes. Tell your health care provider 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.

  • Avoid constipation:

    • Eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

    • Drink 6 to 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 tub bath until your health care provider says it’s okay.

  • Do not use tampons or douches or have sex until your health care provider says it’s okay.

  • Tell your health care provider if you have hot flashes or mood swings. There are medications that can help you if needed.

Follow-Up

Make a follow-up appointment as our staff advises. 

When to Call Your Health Care Provider

Call your health care provider right away if you have any of the following:

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or higher

  • Chills

  • 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

  • Chest pain

  • Persistent nausea or vomiting

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Online Medical Reviewer: Held-Warmkessel, Jeanne, MSN, RN, AOCN(R), ACNS-BC
Online Medical Reviewer: Usuki, Kenneth Y, MD
Last Review Date: 3/14/2012
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