I had my appointment at the Cancer Clinic Feb 4-08 and my doctor believes I have cervical cancer 3b. (Yikes!) She has scheduled a CT scan for Feb 12-08 and if that does not come back clear, I could be stage 4(Yikes x2!). Needless to say I am back on the waiting roller coaster at least until Feb 14 when I get my results. If I stay at a 3B, I begin Radiation (external & internal)& Chemo for the next 5 to 7 weeks.
My only 2 symptoms right now are constant pelvic pain, but nothing an advil can't relieve and little clear discharge. I am really trying to stay positive. (I read in a book once" It is just as easy to have a positive thought as it is to have a negative one")
I work out daily and during this time I visualize myself doing things in the future with the people I love. This has helped lift my spirits.
My husband, 2 kids, friends and family have been so wonderful. I have 4 sisters and 3 brothers. I think I may need to keep my phone off the hook at times so I can rest when my treatment starts.
I was wondering if anyone going thru the later stages cancer could share their symptoms or would have any tips or advise.
I have stage 2 technically but my oncologist says it's more like 3b b/c of lymph node involvement (they are enlarged but not completely cancerous).
MY symptoms presented just like pregnancy symptoms so they were overlooked for a long, long time - discharge, pelvic pain, bleeding. The bleeding was said to be post pardum b/c it was only when the cervix was touched. They seriously thought I had a tear from birth that was being aggrevated. Thus I went on and well, now after insisting upon the tests I sit with this cancer. I also had cysts removed during the birth of my first child that I knew nothing about until recently. She's 2. My other babe is 6 months. I am 30 years old.
Anyways, radiation and chemo are my treatment plan too. Over 6 weeks. I should be starting soon but now my docs are wondering if we should remove my lymph nodes.
I'm sure everything will be fine. There are lots of people who beat stage 4 cancers. Fight hard sister!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would REALLY like to hear from women who are in the middle of chemo/radiation or have completed radiation.
I was diagnosed with 3b in February, I have had 7 sessions of chemo, which I have been blessed to have very little trouble with. I am slated to begin radiation on April 21.
I am quite nevous about the radiation...not so much the process, but the side effects...not so much the nausea but the internal side effects that can take place. I know it CAN be crazy, but I would like to hear from anyone who has had radiation...just...stories.