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    Old 08-10-2008, 07:54 AM   #1
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    Uterine and cervical and Ovarian cancer HELP

    I am putting this thread in two spots because it concerns both cancers...
    I am writing a new thread because I have much more and new information about my Mother's condition which I am so scared all I do is shake and cry and just stare at the wall. It all started out with Mom thinking she had another flare up of IBS, so she went to have a colonoscopy and cat scan. All was perfect and clean. So we jumped for joy. TWO AND I MEAN "TWO" months later she had a little bloodspotting. We went to the gyno and she cut off a cervical polyp that was cancer. We met with the oncologist who lucky us is also a gyno and surgeon. Three doctors in one and she is considered one of the best. She went in and had a full hysterectomy. Once inside the Dr. saw that there was cancer was in the cervix, the uterus, and the Omentum. The cancer was so bad in the Omentum it was causing the omentum to stick together and fold over on each other. There was also lots of tumors everywhere. She took ALL of this out, everything. Now we wait on the pathology report. She wants chemo once a week, which seems like only a little? Could that be a good thing? Maybe she will want even more when the pathology report comes back. She also said this kind of cancer is hard to treat with chemo which I dont understand? This is the same exact cancer and situation that happened to my Mother's Mother who lives. Question is if she got all the bad stuff and chemo starts in 5 weeks shouldnt it give us even a chance a medium chance at least??? Also how bad is the chemo effects? After they give it to you, do you feel better the next day? or is it deathly ill all week until the next chemo shot? Any answers would be great. I am so out of my mind I am having to take Xanax just to deal with it, and it is VERY hard not to cry and have a doomed look on my face around my Mom. She is my best friend and I love her so...
    P.S. Please forgive any typo's, I am to lazy to go bak and fix

     
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    Old 08-10-2008, 09:03 AM   #2
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    Re: Uterine and cervical and Ovarian cancer HELP

    (((milimoki))) Oh my goodness!!! That is certainly a lot to deal with! It sounds like she has a great doctor, though. That is a real blessing! How is your mother holding up? When was her surgery?

    I don't know a lot about chemo, but know someone will come along who can help.

    Ya'll are in my prayers!

     
    Old 08-10-2008, 09:50 AM   #3
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    Re: Uterine and cervical and Ovarian cancer HELP

    Her surgery was last week. She is not holding up very well. On top of everything she her IBS is acting up so more pain. She is the type that is a worry-wart. Very fragile. Thats what scares me.

     
    Old 08-10-2008, 12:11 PM   #4
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    I looked at this and thought I had written it. I haven't been dx as yet with anything, but the symptoms are all there, including the spotting and the cramps and the backpain. I called my MD and can't get in until the 21st which sounds like a year away, but then I don't want to go, I don't want to know.
    I don't know what is worse, living with not knowing or knowing I won't live.

     
    Old 08-11-2008, 07:30 PM   #5
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    Re: Uterine and cervical and Ovarian cancer HELP

    Wow, I am sorry to hear that. The good news is that it has been taken out. The chemo will help give her a chance. A friend of mine went through chemo for breast cancer, I took her to her treatments a lot. My uncke also had esophageal cancer. I saw him go through chemo. The chemo works by killing the cancer cells rapidly. The only problem with this is that while it kills the bad cells, it also kills the good ones. This is part of what makes you sick after chemo. After the first few treatments, you feel ok. Then after a few treatments you might feel a little tired and week. It also depends on how potent the chemo medication is that they use. When you get chemo, your body acts as if it is fighting an infection. You feel sick and a little run down, but the good news is that you are killing and/or slowing down the cancer. Sometimes chemo can kill the cancer, and the cancer will go away. This is what happened for my friend with breast cancer. She had many chemo treatments and she is now cancer free!! My uncle is a different story, but when they went in to remove his cancer, they just closed him back up and didn't bother. It had spread too much. With your mom, they removed the affected areas, meaning they think she has a fighting chance. If they didn't think she had a fighting chance, they would not have removed all that they did. They removed it because they though they could get it. I think this is good news for you. If the chemo makes her too sick, she can stop it for a little while. What is important now is that she stay healthy and strong to fight the cancer. They would not have suggested chemo or taken everything out if they didn't think she had a fighting chance. Stay positive. I will pray for you.
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    Old 08-12-2008, 02:26 PM   #6
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    Re: Uterine and cervical and Ovarian cancer HELP

    Milimoki,

    I am so sorry to hear this news! Like I have said in other posts I am new to this and just starting out down the road. But I felt compelled to stop by and let you know that I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

    ~Melissa~

     
    Old 08-12-2008, 05:08 PM   #7
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    Re: Uterine and cervical and Ovarian cancer HELP

    Hello everyone, this is my first post to this board. I was operated on ovarian cancer in July, 2005 with a full hysterectomy and removal of two lymph nodes to which the cancer had spread. This occurred a couple of weeks after celebrating my 50th wedding anniversary in June, and a week before my 75th birthday. My prognosis at the time was questionable and the doctors would not give me an answer what to expect for an outcome, and in fact did not until recently. I was told that all the visible cancer was removed with the exception of "seedlings" or "specks" of which there were too many and too small they could not see.

    After 4 weeks of postsurgical rest, I started what they referred to as strong chemo (fortunately for a woman my age I was otherwise in good health), of which were for 6 sessions, given to me at a rate of 1 every three weeks. My marker numbers started to drop by the third chemo treatment and continued until they were in the better than normal group, and today remain at the same reading. Ovarian cancer has its own blood testing called the CA125 and starts from 0-35. Mine dropped to 11 and moved slightly to 13 before dropping back to date to the original 11. I'm still being seen by my "team" of 4 doctors and recently was told by my surgeon, who is also a gynocologist, and oncologist, finally....that my cancer currently is in remission and could remain so indefinitely! It was explained if any of the unremoved specks land anywhere in my stomach area, it will show up in the CA125 blood test, as from the ovarian species.

    After I finished the chemo I went through the genetic testing and my cancer was deemed not hereditary nor did they find any mutations. I've always had trouble with my menstrual cycles and apparently at some time developed cysts that were non cancerous, AND not monitored by earlier doctors. However, some years before the cancer discovery, I had a lot going on in my life with illness with my husband and myself and my IMMUNE system got rundown so badly I was unable to fight off the cancer which developed on one of my ovaries, all unbeknown to me. (Genetics specialist explained our bad cells overtake the good ones when the immune system is weakened.)

    First set of doctors told me I had gallbladder trouble and had I let these people who were not oncology surgeons operate, I could have died on the table. Fortunately I went to a diffrent hospital where they had the good sense to do the CA125 blood test which was followed by ultrasounds, etc. Reason my tumors did not show up on earlier xrays was because I have two hip replacements of which the implanted metal gave off a glare blocking images of growths.

    So, to everyone out there, do your chemo, effects are not as bad as it sounds, don't worry and as my chief oncologist told me, "do whatever he/she says and don't listen to anyone else especially those recommending bogus treatments"! I've been on other support boards and many of the women have been in remission for years. My doctors don't like to use the word survivor because I don't think all of it is completely eradicated with treatment, but can be controlled. However, I am not an authority and other cancers probably can be. I am not as stressed out as I was before, but do try to stay healthy. Stay in treatment, try to adapt to discomforts, if you have any. Most important maintain an UPBEAT ATTITUDE! Good luck to you all.
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    Old 08-13-2008, 06:43 AM   #8
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    Re: Uterine and cervical and Ovarian cancer HELP

    Milimoki,

    Surri has given you some excellent advice (which often comes only from personal experience such as hers). A colleague of mine was diagnosed with peritoneal cancer which behaves exactly like ovarian cancer and requires the same treatment. She was diagnosed at Stage III / IV which are the final stages of the disease. Her treatment consisted of several chemotherapy treatments, followed by surgery to remove her uterus, cervix, ovaries and omentum as well as some of the cancer that had spread to her gall bladder etc.. They were not able to get absolutely everything but were confident that the next round of chemo treatments would do the rest. After surgery she went through the 6 treatments that Surri is talking about where they inject the chemo directly into your abdomen. The side effects for my colleague included abdominal pain, fatigue and depression so it was very important for her to have a lot of support during this time. Her CA-125 also went down to 9 at the end of the treatment and was considered to have gotten rid of what was there. Obviously she will have to change her lifestyle to one that will help her body to maintain a very healthy immune system and she will have to keep up with her periodic scans and checkups.

    Do you know what kind of cancer your mother has and what the staging and grade is ? The cancer may have originated from the cervix, uterus, ovaries, peritoneum (abdominal cavity lining) etc.. and her treatment and prognosis will vary depending. Also, the staging (how far along the cancer has gotten) and what type of cellular cancer she has (glandular, squamous cell etc..) will determine how successful the chemo will be. Keep in mind that if the staging was relatively early and the surgery got everything, this can sometimes be curative (meaning that the chemo is just for insurance and not necessarily to get rid of more cancer). Try to find these things out from her doctor.

    Also, you need to be very strong for your mom at this time. The connection between the mind and the body is extremely strong and if your mother knows that she has someone to lean on and someone who will help keep her in strong spirits, she can relax and allow her body to fight the cancer. All of us have cancer development potential in our bodies and our immune system is fighting off invaders all of the time. Give your mother more strength by helping her start a cancer fighting diet that is rich in cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower) and antioxidants like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries etc.. Check with her doctor first so that what she eats does not make her IBS worse and then begin a healthy regimen that will help your mother to not despair and to keep up her strength. During this time you also need to take care of yourself and many people don't do this when someone they love is sick.

    If you need to talk to someone or you think that your mom would benefit from talking to others with the same illness, see if you can join a support group. In other words, anything to maintain a healthy outlook. By the way, the mind body connection is not just hogwash and it has been proven that the placebo effect can have a positive effect as high as 30% in the treatment of illness. Needless to say this should only be used in conjunction with your doctors' treatment (and not by itself).

    You have my heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery for your mom.

    All the best to you and hang in there.

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    Old 08-13-2008, 02:14 PM   #9
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    Re: Uterine and cervical and Ovarian cancer HELP

    Thank you a million times for all the response. My mother had a cat scan 4 months ago and it was so clean, showing nothing, and it scares me how fast this one grew and after the chemo something just as fast could grow right back. I am just scared to death, as my Father is too. Every prayer and good wish I thank you so many times, and all the info helps so much.

     
    Old 08-17-2008, 02:39 PM   #10
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    Milimoki,

    I didn't know that polyps could be cancerous. I am surprised to hear that. Sorry about your mom's condition. I hope the treatments will help her. For some reason, I thought that cysts and polyps were not a big deal and mostly harmless. I guess it depends on their type and location? I wonder if the location makes any difference to their malignancy? I know that age does. Thanks for giving us the low-down. It really helps. Please try to stay calm for her sake. She needs you now more than ever.

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