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Unread 11-08-2003, 08:44 AM

I have been diagnosed with cervical cancer and possible breast cancer. I am scheduled for a complete radical hysterectomy and breast surgery on the 17th of November. I am a basket case to say the least. I have had surgeries before, but this time I don't feel so good about this one. I am uneasy about the operation and if I come through without any complications I am concerned about instant menapose. I have enough problems without adding to them. Any advice?
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Unread 11-08-2003, 09:29 AM

i think every woman on this board had been terrified. The waiting is the worst. Try not to imagine the worst. My advice is to make sure your surgeon is a cancer specialist. Stay in close contact with the woman on this board who have collectively experienced and survived just about everything and we are still smiling ( most of the time). Take one thing at a time. The hyst isn't so bad, as long as you have time to rest and recover at home. The instant menopause has not been bad for me and i don't take hormones. for me, dealing with cancer, made the menopause stuff seem insignificant. Others will be along to supprt and give you more info. you are in my
Unread 11-08-2003, 10:06 AM

Hi , Shepherdpal has already given you excellent advice . I just wanted to send you my good wishes.
Waiting is the hardest part , dealing with the reality is easier (honestly!)

Best Wishes , Maggie .
Unread 11-08-2003, 10:30 AM
Being Terrified is Normal

and you have two things to be terrified about. I am so hoping that the breast is not cancer but a benign lump that has them fooled. Keep asking away on this board--we've all had some form of gynecologic cancer and can help you with that at least and can be an ear for the breast situation. The waiting is the worst with all the what-if's and unknowns. Once the truth is there, as hard as it can be, it is easier to work with--because now you KNOW and knowledge is power. "hug:
Unread 11-08-2003, 02:19 PM


Shepherdpal gave you good advice re: making sure that your surgeon is a cancer specialist - a gynecologist-oncologist.

I can well remember being so frightened before my TAH/BSO. It is a normal feeling for most of us, but Margaret321 is right - 'knowledge is power'.

Re: 'Instant' menopause - well, I wanted to put a positive spin on that for myself, so, for me, the 'spin' was that I knew definitely that I was there - no ifs, ands, or buts.

You will be in my thoughts and ers
Unread 11-08-2003, 10:04 PM

Hi, Forbiddenpearl. A cancer diagnosis is a tough nut to swallow. The possibility of breast cancer and surgical menopause can be overwhelming.

I woke up from my surgery and was told that they found cancer in the ovaries and a separate cancer in the uterus (they could never definitively determine if it was one cancer so they had to assume two separate primaries). In any event, it's almost more than I could comprehend. I thought it was "check out" time. What I've come to discover (and perhaps this was the most important thing I learned) is that people LIVE with cancer.

I had my surgery on April 17. The menopause has not been awful. Nowadays, I tend to get hot flashes that come mostly when I'm tired at the end of the day. It's an odd sensation.

In any event, you have my prayers and good wishes. Let us know how you're doing.
Unread 11-08-2003, 10:21 PM

I had my hysterectomy due to cervical cancer. A lot of worrying there. But, my margins came back clear on my path report.

When I went in for my post-op exam, I scheduled my mammogram for the same day. I had a lot of new "problems" in my breasts, which required an ultrasound (I've been through this many times). I had to come back for a needle biopsy. They bent three needles trying to get into the lump - it wasn't what they expected, and so I ended up with a regular biopsy. A few days later I got the good news - no cancer.

I remember the fear. I'm so sorry you are going through this - but if there are any problems, at least you are being pro-active about your health. If you didn't go in for your checks, you wouldn't know and couldn't do anything about it. Medicine has advanced so far, that if you are checked regularly and catch problems early, the odds are highly in your favor.

My prayers are with you.

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