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The Surgeon Makes the Difference

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I'm new here but I want to shout this message loud and clear.

I feel so blessed. In March I was diagnosed with normal cancer of the cervix. The blessing began when the local gyno decided he was not comfortable performing the radical hyster required to "cure me". He refered me to a major university medical facility here in Michigan. The second blessing was when the university gyno/oncologist determined my cancer abnormal. I had neuro-endocrine (small cell) cancer of the cervix Stage 1-2B. After a review by national experts and the university tumor board it was determined that I needed multi-modal treatment, not surgery. In May and June I went thru 12 infusions, 33 external radiation treatments and 5 internals. The 90 scan showed possible residual cells at the cervix (could have been inflamed tissue).

My gyno/oncologist recommended TAH. Our challenge was following radiation treatment there is a limited time to go in and get it done. Following radiation the "burned" or radiated tissue has a tendency to heal to adjacent structures. (ovary can attach itself to bladder/bowels, etc). At first I didn't want to go thru the procedure, but thru prayer and lots of discussion I decided to go with it. There were lots of risks that would have altered my quality of life.

My surgery took place 12 days ago. I feel great. Pain and discomfort are minimal. The only pain mgmt I used was 30 hrs. Morphine drip and Ibuprofen, no narcotics after the hospital.

I read about the post-op challenges other Sisters write about and feel very blessed. I truly belive the Surgeon makes a huge difference. I would strongly advise any woman facing a surgical decision ask a ton of questions. Challenge your doctor, know how many and what type of procedures s/he has performed. If the word "cancer" is anywhere is the diagnosis please get to a gynecological/oncologist; preferrably someone with a network of solid resources. I would never let the local gyno who spends his days delivering babies perform a surgery.....just my opinion; but in hindsight my surgeon a gyno/oncologist saved my life.

November 10, I was pronounced disease free......Go Blue!

11-15-2011 - 04:36 PM


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