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Unread 09-06-2002, 09:10 AM
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Hello sisters,
not sure where to start. Guess at the beginning would be best. In Apr 02 Pap came back abnormal, so in May 02 had a bio. It showed cancer is present on the cervix, and maybe invasive. So in June I had a cone-bio, which "only" showed cancer cells, but NOT invasive, adeno carcinoma. Talked it over with my GYN and we decided on a TAH. Headed for the castle on 21 Aug 02, everything went fine, went home on 23 Aug, staples came out on 26 Aug. Now here it is, the report showed invasive adeno carcinoma, stage 1. My GYN refered me to GYN/ONC in Louisville. Had my appointment with him 4 Sep. I had an option for treatment, either 6 weeks of internal/external radiation or another surgery, radical hysterctomy. I opted for the surgery. He will do a parametrectomy and surpa pubic catheter placement. The catheter I will keep for approx 2 weeks, the stay in the castle will be 5-6 days depending how I am recovering. When I got the result's I thought my world is turning upside down. I am doing great from the TAH, no problems, did not have any pesty pains like some of the sisters. My questions is did someone else go thru the same treatment and how was your recovery. I had a bikini inc, now this one will be vertical, my DH thinks maybe a zipper would be best. He does give me great support. Oh I almost forgot I am heading for the other castle on 1Oct 02, they have to wait for the swelling to go down.
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Unread 09-06-2002, 10:28 AM
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Andrea,

Sorry to hear you have to go through another surgery after a diagnosis of cancer. It's a lot to take in, but try to take one day at a time.

I have Stage 1b invasive cervical cancer. I had an abnormal PAP smear in December and had a colposcopy with biopsies in January, which showed high grade dysplasia. I then had a cone biopsy in February, which showed invasive cervical cancer. I waited six weeks (for healing from the cone biopsy) and then had a radical hysterectomy and lymph node dissection in April. I had a vertical incision with "invisible" running suture beneath the incision which were dissolvable. It healed up nicely, although it does still feel somewhat "tight" at the bottom of the incision. I was told to massage the scar to help prevent adhesions there and make the scar more pliable. I also had a Foley catheter in for seven days, and had no problem urinating after that was removed.

My recovery took a full five weeks, but that's just for basic recovery. I do notice that I have discomfort almost every evening (I'm sure it's because I'm back to my usual activities), but after a good night's sleep I wake up feeling just fine! I have just started going back to the gym and am "sharing" a personal trainer with my sister so I can get advice on the best way to strengthen my abdominal muscles without getting hurt or slowing down my progress!!

Glad you found Cancer Concerns...the ladies here are awesome!

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Unread 09-06-2002, 11:44 AM
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((( Andrea))), I'm so sorry that you have to have another surgery. Sending you lots of good wishes!
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Unread 09-06-2002, 12:25 PM
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Andrea,

I'm so sorry you have to go through a second surgery. It sounds like your husband is there for you - that will help, as well as being a sister in this wonderful site.

I had a different type of cancer than you, but it sounds like Gail gave you great information. You have a gyn oncologist now and that will definitely help.

Anytime you are ed, :cry:ing, need a or a , come here. We're here for you.

Laura
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Unread 09-06-2002, 12:33 PM
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I'm also sorry you need to go through surgery again. However, you definitely are in the right hands with a gyn/onc! As for the big incision, I have that (just under breastbone all the way down) and I never had a problem with it. Healed wonderfully, didn't itch, and really not all that much pain associated with it. I hope yours gives you as little concern as mine did. While facing surgery is never a joy, it sounds as if you did a good consult and came to a decision. Best wishes and a big
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Unread 09-06-2002, 02:34 PM
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Hi Andrea..
sorry to hear that you are going thru such an ordeal.. However i am glad that you are now seeing an oncologist gyno. Too bad he did not do the surgery the first time.. They know exactly what to look for. Hope all works out ok.
Rosalie
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Unread 09-06-2002, 06:16 PM
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I have a similar story. Was diagnosed with Stage1A adenocarcinoma after a TVH. The first oncologist I went to suggested I have radiation or further surgery. I cried and posted here as well. I then went for 3 more opinions. I went to 3 of the top gyn/onc in NYC. They all strongly disagreed and told me that I did not need any further treatment. They were very knowledgable and backed up what they said with current research. All 3 said that my chance of reoccurance was 1 in 500. Surgery posed more risks. If you have stage 1a adenocarcinoma (tumor <3mm) please get another opinion! I am now almost 10 months post hyster. I have had 2 paps and 1 CT scan. So far I've been all clear.
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Unread 09-07-2002, 05:57 AM
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Hi denise..What part of NY are you from?? I live on long island and had my surgery at North Shore in Manhassett. Dr. Menzin is my oncologist gynocologist. I am also doing chemo treatments here with Dr.Villani. Wanted to tell you that all is well here also!!
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Unread 09-07-2002, 07:05 AM
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Denise,
thanks for your reply. The invasive cancer is 3mm plus, this seems to be the magical mark for surgery or radiation. My GYN/ONC had a conference with my GYN and another GYN/ONC from the University of Louisville. The other GYN/ONC sugg the same treatment, due to the size.
Glad to hear that you are fine, life must go on.
thanks, Andrea
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Unread 09-07-2002, 07:14 AM
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Thank's all of you for your replies. I will be fine, it was just such a set-back. I'm a positive person, I'm sure I will get thru this. My mother is flying in from Germany for 4 weeks and now my mother-in-law decided to come too, from WA. Our house will be full, being in the military I'm not used to have this much family around all at once and to be take care off. I'm glad they are coming and helping out, but we did just fine when I went in for the TAH. I will keep you all posted.
Andrea
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