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Unread 10-03-2002, 04:31 AM

I went to the Speacialist, he done colpscopy, biopsies, and sonogram all back to back. I will have to go back next week to be told what he wants to do, but he did tell me that he didnt think surgery was possible because he thought it may have spread to lymph nodes. He said he would probably do radiation. At first I was told I would need hysterectomy ,but now it seems things have changed. Is radiation really effective, does it work? If there is anyone who is going or has been through this please e-mail me. I really would like someone to talk to.
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Unread 10-03-2002, 06:03 AM


Welcome to Cancer Concerns. You have come to a great place for hugs, encouragement, support and advice. Many of the ladies on this forum have had radiation as part of their treatment. I'm sure they will be along soon.
Often the hardest part of dealing with cancer is waiting for a definite diagnosis and treatment plan. It sounds like you are seeing a gyn oncologist. They are the experts in gyn cancers. Let us know how your visit goes next week. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Unread 10-03-2002, 10:31 AM

You don't say what type of cancer you have....Let us know and I am sure someone will be right there to lend you some first hand experiences. Chris
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Unread 10-03-2002, 12:39 PM

I'm sorry ,
I have cervical cancer. thanks for pointing that out.
Unread 10-03-2002, 05:31 PM

i just had my tah/bso for cervical cancer. i had the colposcopy, then a LEEP, then the surgery. each biopsy got a little worse. before surgery they thought it was microinvasive with only about a 1mm invasion. after surgery found out it was all the way through the cervix! my dr did the tah/bso first and said we'd decide on radiation/chemo after that. she has talked with a radiation therapist and they have decided to wait and watch me really closely because they have no proof it went anywhere else. But they did tell me that radiation is not as bad as it used to be. the machines are a lot more powerful and the treatments only last about 5 minutes each but you have to go several days or they have an implant they put in your vagina and you stay in the hospital with it for a couple of days and you do this a couple of times. Each doctor seems to have their own way of treating things. express your concerns to your doctor. some dr's do everything they can to preserve your female organs too. if you are done with your uterus, you might want to point that out to your dr too. i have a lot of opinions and that is what they are. if i can be of any help, please feel free to send a private message or e-mail me. i'm on this site so much, i don't check e-mail daily!!
Unread 10-03-2002, 06:50 PM

Do you know what your cancer was staged at?

I am also a cervical cancer patient -- I had the works -- surgery, chemo, and radiation. I do know that if cervical cancer has spread, radiation is often recommended instead of the hysterectomy. In fact, my doctor told me the morning of my surgery that if they got in there and saw evidence of a spread, they would probably just close and opt for radiation. I also learned during all this that newer research indicates that the radiation is much more effective if it is given at the same time as chemo -- the chemo is given to weaken the cancer cells, making them more suseptable to the radiation. I read lots of medical literature that a pharmacist friend got me before I started my treatment, and it seemed that the radiation/chemo combination can be effective, but like all cancers, the effectiveness of treatment depends a lot on when the diagnosis is made.

I am also in North Carolina -- in the Raleigh/Durham area. I had my treatments at Duke University medical center (I hope it's okay to say that). Please feel free to e-mail me or post here again as more questions come up.

Unread 10-03-2002, 07:02 PM

Welcome to Cancer Concerns ! I am sorry to hear that you are having problems, but you have definitely come to the right place for support. Several of our ladies have been through radiation, and I'm sure you will be hearing from more of them soon.

Treatment can vary somewhat from doctor to doctor. I have read that some doctors do chemo along with radiation for cervical cancer. You might like to ask your doctor what all of the options are that are available to you. Gynecologic oncologists are definitely the way to go--they are really "in the know" about female cancers.

Good luck to you. Please let us know when you have decided on a course of treatment and we will be happy to cheer you along on your way to health.

If you would like to read some old threads on radiation, go up to the top of the screen, click on "search" and then under keyword enter "radiation". You will find some good threads on radiation (you can also look under "brachytherapy" which is another word for internal radiation treatments).

Unread 10-04-2002, 08:36 AM

I also had cervical cancer, but had a radical hysterectomy and lymph node dissection. They found no cancer cells in my lymph nodes and staged me at 1b. My GYN/Oncologist told me prior to surgery that if they found any cells in my lymph nodes, then I would need chemo and radiation.

I can't help answer your question about radiation, but wanted to say hello. Let us know what your doctor and you decide about your treatment.

Unread 10-04-2002, 09:18 PM

HI Vicky!

Welcome to Cancer Concerns! I'm so glad you found us here! There are alot of ladies here who've dealt with cancer in one form or another, so there's lots of experiences to share with you.

I can't add a whole lot to what the gals have already suggested but I will wholeheartedly second the opinion of consulting with a Gyn Oncologist if you can.

I know there are many different treatment and/or surgical options available. I don't have any first hand experience with radiation to share as my cancer was a different "flavor" so only had the chemo side of things.

I hope things go well and hope that you'll keep us posted on how things are going for you.

We'll all be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.



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