You will undoubtedly feel relieved as you come to the end of your loved one’s treatment and “normal” life returns. But keep in mind that it’s not over. She will need to have regular check-ups and you both must learn to manage your fears about whether the cancer will return. Every new symptom or sensation can trigger anxiety about a recurrence. And some women will experience a recurrence. Remember that she will continue to need your love, courage, and support as you move forward beyond her diagnosis and treatment to healing and recovery.
Genetic Counseling and Testing
If you are related to your loved one who has been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer, such as a sibling or child, it’s possible that you may be at risk for a similar disease, or for some non-gynecologic cancers. You may want to consider genetic counseling and testing to determine your risk. These services may be offered in a doctor’s office or by a genetic counselor in a hospital. Since both men and women can inherit gene changes associated with cancers, men with certain family histories that may increase their risk are encouraged to talk with their doctors.