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Unread 02-06-2004, 06:10 PM
2 weeks and counting

It's 2 weeks today since my TAH. I feel great but have a few concerns. I have an occasional watery discharge, it happens mostly after coughing or sneezing or a bowel movement. How long does this go on? Food does not seem all that appealing - not that I mind losing a pound or two- when does your eating habits become normal again?

My DR wants me to see a radiologist, She thinks 3 radiation treatments will increase the odds of my cancer never coming back. Have any of you gone through radition and if so what are the side effects?

Thank you to all of you that kept me in their prayers these last several weeks, I really appreciated it.

jean
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Unread 02-07-2004, 04:43 PM
2 weeks and counting

Hi Jean,

I had some discharge aftr my surgery - it was light pink, rather watery. I was told some discharge was normal after surgery - especially after 2 weeks when the stitches begin to dissolve. If you have heavy and/or bright red bleeding you should call your doctor immediately. When in doubt it is always better to be on the safe side and call the doctor.

I think someone will post soon about the radiation treatment question you have. You may also find it helpful to visit the Cancer Concerns Forum.

Take care - pamper yourself.

s
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Unread 02-07-2004, 05:07 PM
2 weeks and counting

(((Jean)))

I also had some light pink, watery discharge for 2-3 weeks. If you have any concerns about it, though, please call your doctor.

My appetite was also kind of on the light side for the first couple of weeks. Nothing sounded good and I ate lots of bland food--oatmeal, grilled cheese, stuff without much flavor.

As far as radiation, well, I'm assuming your doc is sending you to a radiation oncologist. They specialize in the treatment of cancer using radiation therapy. Depending on what exactly your pathology report shows, the radiation onc may choose either internal and/or external radiation to treat the cancer. The internal is frequently used to keep any stray cells from spreading into the vagina. External is used for that as well, but is also a little more widespread and also treats the surrounding area to make sure that spread into the lymph system is stopped or minimized. Or, of course, if you had an early stage cancer, they might suggest no treatment at all. Were your lymph nodes sampled? Was your TAH performed by a gynecologic oncologist? If your surgery was not completed by a gynecologic oncologist, you might like to request a referral to see one. They are the experts when it comes to female cancers, and they know all the most current treatment protocols.

Side effects from radiation therapy can vary from one woman to another. Some have essentially no side effects, others have effects ranging from vaginal scarring to gastrointestinal difficulties. Women frequently need to use a vaginal dilator after radiation to make sure that the vagina remains open (sometimes when scarring occurs from the radiation, it makes the vagina get smaller). It's important to keep the vagina open for future exams and for future intimacy . These are all questions for you to ask your radiation oncologist. Also, feel free to do a search here on radiation therapy and/or brachytherapy (which is internal radiation). That way you'll be able to read about some of the experiences other women have had.

Good luck, Jean! Please feel welcome to come over and see us on Cancer Concerns. Lots of the ladies there have been through radiation, and I'm sure they'd be happy to answer your questions.

's and 'ers
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Unread 02-07-2004, 08:13 PM
2 weeks and counting

Thank you Lynn & Jeanine.
My Dr is an oncologist, she did a saline bath of my abdomen and it came out clean as did the lymph nodes. She said the grade of cancer I had was a 3 which is an agressive one, that is why she wants me to see a radiologist. I am learning so much on this site, there are so many things you don't know about and therefore don't ask the DR. Thank You for all your help
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