Taking it Step by Step, GOC’s Pan-Canadian Patient Guide

The Gynecologic Oncology Society of Canada thanks the B.C. Cancer Foundation for enabling the development of this valuable guide. This information was first published as a B.C.-specific resource. GOC Members Heidi Thomas, RN, Dr. Alon Altman, Dr. Katharina Kieser have edited and expanded the original publication to include information and resources from across Canada.

The guide is divided into sections in order to help you make sense of the diagnosis and the steps that you may encounter on your journey during treatment and life after cancer. Some sections are very specific while others cover general information. Although there are five different kinds of cancer covered in this guide, each one of them has a number of different subtypes.

It is important to keep in mind is that each person’s experience during treatment will be different, and may differ from what is outlined here. This guide is meant to provide you with the basic information you need to help you understand your diagnosis. We strongly encourage you to speak with your health care providers if you have any questions that may not have been answered on these pages.

  1. Understanding Your Diagnosis
  2. Treatment Pathways and Timelines
  3. Treatment Types
  4. Uterine / Endometrial Cancer
  5. Ovarian / Fallopian Tube Cancer
  6. Cervical Cancer
  7. Vulvar Cancer
  8. Vaginal Cancer
  9. Understanding Your Pathology Report
  10. Genetics
  11. Clinical Trials
  12. Alternative / Complementary Therapy
  13. Tips for Meeting with Your Medical Team
  14. Questions for Your Medical Team
  15. The Role of Health and Nutrition
  16. Your Emotions
  17. Your Next Steps
  18. Sexuality after Cancer
  19. Palliative Care
  20. Canadian Resources