You are the best person to know if there is something wrong with your body. It is common for women to experience symptoms after treatment for cancer that may not necessarily be related to their cancer or treatment. However, if these symptoms last longer than three weeks then you should contact your GP or hospital.

Symptoms to report:

  • Bleeding – from your vagina
  • Pain after sexual intercourse
  • Discharge from your vagina
  • Pelvic pain – that’s pain in your lower abdomen (tummy)
  • Leg swelling – lymphoedema can also cause leg swelling, but it is important to get any new swelling checked out
  • Bowel/bladder changes that are not due to the side effects or late effects of treatment particularly bleeding
  • Back ache that persists
  • Lumps in the neck
  • Breathlessness
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Pain that persists and may cause disturbed sleep.

At the end of the day, you will get to know your body and if you have any concerns it is very important to let your hospital team know about them. Your team will prefer to see you as soon as possible so don’t hesitate to contact them. They can put your mind at rest or order tests to find out what is going on. Don’t suffer in silence, this will just make you more anxious. It’s better to get it checked.


"Symptoms of Recurrence." Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust. N.p., 19 Aug. 2013. Web. 02 Mar. 2015.