Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust has produced this report, ‘Not so simple: The impact of cervical cell changes and treatment‘, from a survey of women who have been found to have cell changes and their concerns and experiences when receiving results, treatment and follow-up. It includes messages for all of us about sharing information and listening to women’s concerns at a time when the cervical screening programme is being transformed.
Rebecca Shoosmith, Head of Support Services at Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said: “We produced the report Not So Simple because of the volume of calls we receive to our helpline about cervical cell changes and their treatment. While many people with cell changes will have a straightforward experience, this is not the case for everyone and every day we hear from women who are scared, confused and experiencing side effects they were not prepared for.
“We want every woman to feel fully informed and in control about what is happening to them and feel able to seek support or further treatment for any side effects they experience.
“Those who work in primary care can help by providing adequate time for women to ask questions and ascertain understanding prior to treatment, as well as signposting women to sources of further or support, such as our website or free helpline.”
Source: Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust