The body is made up of many types of cells. Normally, cells grow, divide, and produce more cells as needed to keep the body healthy and functioning properly. Sometimes, however, the process goes wrong and cells become abnormal, forming more cells in an uncontrolled way. These extra cells form a mass of tissue, called a growth or tumor. Tumors can be benign, which means not cancerous, or malignant, which means cancerous.
Cervical cancer is cancer that starts in the cervix, the lower, narrow part of the uterus. Most cervical cancers are caused by a virus called HPV. The virus spreads through sexual contact. Most women's bodies are able to fight HPV infection but sometimes the virus can lead to cancer. You're at higher risk if you smoke, have had many children, use birth control pills for a long time, or have an HIV infection. Vaccines can protect against several types of HPV, including some that can cause cancer.
Cervical cancer may not cause any symptoms at first. Later, you may have pelvic pain or bleeding from the vagina. It usually takes several years for normal cells in the cervix to turn into cancer cells. Your health care provider can find abnormal cells by doing a Pap test to examine cells from the cervix. You may also have an HPV test. If your results are abnormal, you may need a biopsy or other tests. By getting regular screenings, you can find and treat any problems before they turn into cancer.
Treatment may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination. The choice of treatment depends on the size of the tumor, whether the cancer has spread and whether you would like to become pregnant someday.
This group provides a safe place where women can share their experiences and exchange information about gynecological cancers.
Schedule: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, 540 W. Pueblo St., Multipurpose Room, 2nd Floor
This program is offered free-of-charge. All support groups are facilitated by professional staff. For more information, please call (805) 879-5690.
Cancer can rob a woman of her energy, appetite, and strength but it doesn't have to take away her self-confidence. Come and receive free instruction on coping with the appearance-related side effects of your treatment. A licensed beauty professional will teach makeup, skin care tips, and suggestions for using wigs and head wear. A complimentary makeup kit will be provided to participants.
Schedule: See the Cancer Center calendar for upcoming dates and times.
Location: Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, 540 West Pueblo Street, 2nd floor Meeting Room
Registration is required. Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to register. Offered free-of-charge to people currently in active cancer treatment (chemotherapy, radiation, biologic). Participants are welcome to bring a friend or caregiver however the complementary kits will only be available to those in active treatment.
The Oncology Dietitian Nutritionists at the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center provide evidence-based recommendations that are proven by scientific research and clinical experience. Education and support are provided to help prevent treatment delays and decrease side effects from treatment. Once treatment for cancer is complete, our nutrition experts can recommend personalized food choices that will support treatment outcomes, enhance the quality of life, and decrease the risk of disease recurrence. Monthly seminars provide an opportunity to discuss the most recent research related to cancer, foods and your lifestyle. Services are offered free-of-charge to individuals currently in treatment or within one year of their last treatment.
For more information, visit the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center website or call (805) 879-5652.
At the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center’s Resource Library, we aim to empower anyone touched by cancer with the knowledge they need to become well-informed partners in their healthcare. The Resource Library offers a comfortable place where patients and families can find current, comprehensive information about all aspects of cancer. Services include research assistance, a lending library and online information guides. The Resource Library is open to all and services are offered at no charge.
540 W Pueblo St
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
A wide range of wellness activities, classes and programs are available to our patients and their caregivers. Programs include yoga, qigong, exercise programs, painting, flower arranging, music therapy, meditation and more. Upcoming dates can be found on the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center online calendar.
Programs offered free-of-charge. For more information including who qualifies for Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Wellness Programs & Classes and class descriptions, visit the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center website or call (805) 879-5678.