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Long-Term Effects of Abdominal and Pelvic Radiation

nsadler
Posts: 1
Joined: Feb 2003

Thank you in advance to anyone that can help me with words of knowledge and support. I am a 30 year old survivor of stage 3 cervical cancer. I was diagnosed at 23 and treated very aggressively with extensive surgery, radiation (external 30 treatments, internal 2 surgeries). My lymph nodes were removed in my left pelvic region and over the past two months, I have been experiencing weird pains shooting down from my pelvic area (where the lymph nodes were) to my foot. The pain isn't extreme, only uncomfortable in a way that's difficult to describe. My left leg often feels "asleep" and my left foot is very warm and dry, all the time. I also have been experiencing a "pulsing" feeling in different areas of my left leg, as well.

If anyone has any information on this topic or the long term effects of extensive radiation to the abdomen and pelvis, could you please respond? Thank you again... :)

aminmi
Posts: 8
Joined: Oct 2003

I had uterine cancer and abdominal and pelvic lymph nodes were involved. I had external and internal radiation over a large area of my body. There is no part of my body that feels the same as it did prior, but since I also had surgery and chemo it's hard to tell what treatment caused what problem. I have been diagnosed with radiation enteritis, radiation colitis and radiation proctitis due to the extensive radiation. I'm now experiencing a type of numbness in my feet similar to the neuropathy I had during chemo, but it could be a side effect of radiation. Radiation also effected my bone marrow and coupled with the chemo my platelet count has never yet returned to normal. I don't know if it ever will. I finished radiation just over a year ago and finished chemo in April.

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