General Resources - Start here

This is a good place to start reading if you are new! Here you will find general resources for gynecological cancers, how to read cancer statistics, building your health care team, and much more.

Seven Warning Signs of Gynecologic Cancers - Every woman should know these symptoms, and when to call the doctor.

Basic Stats for Women's Cancers
Tells how many women per year in the U.S. are diagnosed with gyn cancers as well as breast, colon, and lung cancers. Includes numbers of cancer deaths.

Cancer 101: Exploring the Basics
In this monthly series, we are looking at the basics of cancer: its nature, tumor types, grading, and staging, all with an emphasis on gyn cancers.

When to See a Gynecologic Oncologist
When is it time to pull in a specialist? For some women with gyn cancers, seeing a gynecologic oncologist may significantly lengthen their lives!

Eyes on The Prize
Subtitled "A Community of Women Living with Gynecologic Cancer", this site is a real gem! It's chock full of survivor stories, "Ask the Pro" questions, FAQ's, tools, and resources, all done up in a very welcoming and informal manner. All women with gyn. cancer should check this site out!

12 Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Especially for the newly diagnosed - how to get the information you need from your doctor. Richard Block wrote this and many inspiring articles on his site, www.blochcancer.org. He is a 14 year survivor of a cancer he was told would quickly kill him.

Building Your Team
A guide to the members of your team of medical professionals, what each does for you, and how to work with them effectively. From the Women's Cancer Center.

The Cancer Survival Toolbox
Brought to you by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, the Toolbox and other programs are FREE, and can be ordered as audio cassette tapes, or downloaded as audio files, or PDF text. There are sections on decision making, communicating with professionals, finding ways to pay for care, and many others.

Reading Cancer Statistics
Before you read cancer statistics, it's very important to understand how statistics can be misused and misunderstood. This is an easy-to-follow guide to reading cancer statistics, on the Web site of "Conversations!", a newsletter for Ovarian Cancer.

Another Cancer Statistics Article
If you want more, this article goes into much more detail aboutinterpreting cancer statistics. It covers a lot of ground, but is well worth reading. From Gynecologic Oncology Associates

Second Opinions: Why, When, and Who
I would add to Steve Dunn's excellent list of reasons to consider a second opinion: 1) you don't feel that your doctor is listening to you and 2) deep in your gut, you just aren't sure whether to trust what you're hearing from your doctor.

411Cancer.com A Personal Favorite
This is really an excellent, research-based site with a gold-mine of information, including the latest cancer news for uterine, cervical, and ovarian cancers. It contains information about clinical trials, treatment options, and almost every aspect of cancer. Be prepared for straightforward prognostic information that pulls no punches.

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