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Unread 06-22-2004, 05:20 AM
TVH on 6/2 now cancer found

Imagine my surprise when my dr called last week and asked to see me right away, my uterus & cervix were removed and pathologist report shows differentiated adenocarcinoma of endometrium. I have just seen Oncologist yesterday who told me evidence cancer is in vagina and he suspects ovaries & tubes-things are moving so fast now, between now and June 30th I am to undergo 3 cat scans, ekg, blood work etc - as long as no sign of cancer in abdomen and lungs he wants to operate immediately and remove ovaries, tubes, lymph nodes and upper part of vagina-lst week in July followed by chemo and radiation- has anyone been through a similar situation where hyst was done followed by add'l surgery so soon?
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Unread 06-22-2004, 06:02 AM
TVH on 6/2 now cancer found


I'm so sorry to hear that you received such shocking news! It's hard enough to hear the pathology report when you already know you have cancer, but to find out after the fact must be extremely difficult, indeed.

I'm glad, though, that you've seen an oncologist and that they are moving along quickly with your tests to determine the extent of your situation. It sounds as if they are being very thorough in order to give you the treatment that's most appropriate for you.

We have had a few ladies here who went back into surgery fairly quickly to have additional procedures done to look for any spread of cancer and to maximize their bodies' ability to fight the cancer off for good. I'm sure they'll be along to share their stories soon. Some will also be along to share their stories on chemo and radiation.

I will be keeping you in my thoughts and 'ers. Please let us know how those test results are coming in and when your surgery date will be.

Unread 06-22-2004, 06:20 AM

So sorry to read what you are going through but remember we are all here for you I had my second surgery to remove cervix, remaining ovary, tubes and ommentum, exactly one week after my first op. This was on my insistence as i wanted to come home and 'think' about my diagnosis otherwise they would have operated again two days later.

Take care

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Unread 06-22-2004, 06:53 AM
TVH on 6/2 now cancer found


I feel so sorry for you that you have received such shocking news. Although I didn't have a hyst then another major surgery, I did have two major surgeries fairly close together. It was no picnic, but it is doable. I wish you the best of luck, and make sure that you take care of yourself.

I myself had that same shocking phone call a couple of years back. When I had my hyst it was due to pelvic mass and elevated Ca 125, thinking that I had ovca I went for hyst asap. Well it turned out that I didn't have ovarian cancer, (got that news after I got out of surgery), but the following monday after I got home I got a call from the gyn/onc that did my surgery that I did have cervical cancer. My doctor had me go thru a bunch of tests, but she did not do any additional surgery. Maybe if she would of opened me up then I wouldn't have had my recurrence last year and had to go thru what I had went thru last year. But as they say hind sight is 20/20.

Again I do wish you the best of luck with all your tests and your surgery.
Unread 06-22-2004, 06:59 AM
TVH on 6/2 now cancer found

I will also pray for you..I just don't know what else to say.
Unread 06-22-2004, 08:54 AM
TVH on 6/2 now cancer found

I am sorry you are having to go through this. I questioned my GYN at the time (and grumbled to myself), but now I see that she did the right thing for me. After having in-office biopsies that showed moderate to severe dysplasia, my GYN wanted to do a cone biopsy. I told her if she's going to do that, I want to go ahead and have a TVH. She agreed to the TVH but said that she would have to do the cone first, have the pathologist read it while I was still on the table, and would proceed with the TVH only if the cone did not show cancer. She did not expect it to show cancer, but it did.

I woke up from the cone surgery, expecting to be without a uterus, but instead, she gave me the news that I had cervical cancer and would have to undergo tests to see how bad it was...and I still had my uterus. I was in shock! I was sure I didn't have cancer! Fear of the unknown is really tough. I had a CAT scan the next day and then had to wait a week for my visit with the GYN/oncologist for news of "how bad it was". That was a LONG week! He did a physical examination and then had Hubby and me to come into his office "to discuss treatment options". That's when I got the good news that it was apparently confined to my cervix and could be treated with a radical hysterectomy. I had the surgery about 10 days later, which was as soon as it could be scheduled.

Bottom line is, IF my GYN had proceeded with the TVH that I had wanted at the time, I would be facing additional surgery like you are. Instead, she stopped right there and referred me to the GYN/oncologist, who did the radical hysterectomy and got everything out at one time. I guess my experience doesn't do you any good, and I am sorry for that. But I hope you understand the importance of undergoing this second surgery to remove the parts that they left in before. I hope everything goes well and you will need no further treatment. Try to keep a positive attitude, and it will greatly enhance your recovery. (((HUGS))) and good luck to you!


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