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Unread 11-25-2003, 07:53 PM

Thank you for the tips and hints. I wrote those two things you mentioned down so I wont forget to ask my doctor about them.
The chemo thing really does make sense and if the do suggest chemo I most definitly want the test done now that I read your post.

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Unread 11-29-2003, 08:05 PM

So sorry to hear you have received bad news. Going to a cancer center is a great idea! Always see a specialist when you are dealing with cancer. Gynecologic oncologists have extensive training with surgical and treatment procedures for gynecologic cancers, and they have the most current information on what's available.

You may or may not be given the choice to keep your ovaries. I know at stage 1A you can keep them but beyond that, I'm not certain. However, if you are permitted to keep them but then require radiation, well, the radiation will damage your ovaries and then they will no longer produce hormones for you. Cervical cancer is not typically affected by estrogen. Some cancers (such as breast or ovarian, some types of endometrial) are affected by the presence of estrogen (estrogen encourages the growth of the tumor), but cervical cancer is just not typically one of those.

As far as chemo, (and you may not require chemo since you are so early along), the drug of choice has been cisplatin. Cisplatin makes the cancer cells more susceptible to radiation so that the radiation can do a more thorough job of killing them off. There are other drugs used for later stages of cervical cancer when the cancer has spread to other organs.

I wish you well, Tam. I hope your appointment goes well next week. Please let us know what you learn!


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