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metasized cervical cancer to lungs

dkim
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Joined: Dec 2004

I have Stage 3b cervical cancer and received initial chemo/radiation treatments and removed by TPE (clean margins); however it has metasized into my lungs. My oncologist is recommending taxol/carbo treatment and I am wondering if anyone else has had success with this regiment.

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SharonEL
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Joined: Jun 2003

Hi dkim,
I am a vaginal cancer survivor. Sorry to hear about the mets. I would like to recommend a place www.hystersisters.com to you. There is a cancer concerns forum for ladies with Gyno cancers. You are very likely to find someone there who can tell you about the chemo. I did not have chemo so I can't. CSN is a great site, but hystersisters can be really helpful Hopefully I will see you there.
Sharon

bgreen
Posts: 4
Joined: Jun 2004

Do you smoke, did you smoke, is that why they think this has spead in to you lungs. I am sure the chemo the are recommending is the best... Please reply, be well...

Brandy
jbgreen@ellijay.com
brandy.green@northside.com

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kcurrens
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Joined: Jan 2004

Dear dkim,

Having been first diagnosed with stage 1b cervical cancer in 1999, I had a radical hysterectomy, followed by daily radiation and weekly Cisplatin treatments for 6 weeks. I was considered cancer free until 2003, when the cancer was found in my upper right lung and liver. I have never smoked; this was confirmed to be the cervical cancer that had spread (although people who have never smoked can get lung cancer... to address bgreen's comments). My treatment in 2003 consisted of a 2 surgeries, followed by chemo. The first surgery was to remove a section of my liver which was diseased and also for exploratory purposes. Having found no other cancer, 4 days later they proceeded and surgically removed my upper right lung. I then went through chemotherapy with taxol and carboplatin. I think it's a very common treatment and recommend you take Jose's advice and call the American Cancer Society to speak to their specialists. My attititude is to do whatever I can to survive this. Take care! :)

okaymetoo
Posts: 2
Joined: Feb 2005

i HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED W/CERVICAL CANCER AND PRECANCER AND HIGH GRADE DISPLAYSIA...BUT IT SEEMS TO ME MY DR IS BLOWING IT OFF WANTING TO DO MORE "EXPLORE AND BIOPSEE" AND I DNT' UNDERSTAND, I DO NOT HAVE THE LUXURY OF INSURANCE SO I HAVE TO HAVE THE DOCTOR MY MC+ WILL HELP ME PAY FOR... I'M ALSO BEING TREATED FOR COLON POSSIBLE CANCER...SIZE OF MASS IS 3...SO I FEEL THE LONGER MY GYNO SPECIALIST WAITS THE MORE RISK I HAVE FOR SPREADING AND I'M SCARED...29 NEW SINGLE MOM OF 4...I NEED A FRIEND, A SHOULDER, AND ANY OPINIONS YOU CAN THROW MY WAY.

mjinak60
Posts: 2
Joined: Mar 2005

You may have anal cancer not colon cancer. I recently completed treatment for squamous cell cancer of the anus. It is a rare cancer that is related to cervical cancer and it is not unusual for the cancer to have invaded or be attached to both your vaginal and anal wall. When I was diagnosed I had a 3m tumor and was rushed into treatment. Fortunatly, if it is caught early enough, it is highly curable. What ever the case, you should be evaluated immediatly by an Oncologist. If you find it is a squamous cell anal cancer, there is an excellent list serve for anal cancer patients and survivors with excellent information and support. It is on Yahoo. Search groups, anal cancer. I am new to this discussion group, in fact I just joined because your condition sounds much like mine did when I was finally diagnosed. I'm not sure how to get you more information, but I have it as do others on the list serve I mentioned. I can also put you in touch with a colon cancer group as well.

mjinak60
Posts: 2
Joined: Mar 2005

May I ask what your symptoms were? I recently completed treatment for anal cancer (closely related to cervical cancer) and am at high risk for it to return in my lungs. For the last month or so, I have had a strange cough and discomfort in my rib cage. Not to frighten you, but you might want to ask your Dr. what his/her success rate is for this. My doctor, who is considered one of the top oncologist on the west coast has told me treatment for the return will only be palliative (give me a bit more time) but the cancer will be fatal. Unlike you though, I am unable to have more radiation because I have already had the max allowed.

michelediane
Posts: 9
Joined: Oct 2004

Hi I saw your message I too have anal cancer. Another friend Andrea who posts hear and I have met about 12 people with this cancer some have mets. We share information in our group I can be reached at dndwat3@aol.com

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kcurrens
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Joined: Jan 2004

jminak60, I had slight back pain and slight pain breathing toward the end of the inhalation process (in addition to a slight cough for a couple months previous). My doctors (local cancer center & Rochester Mayo) did not seem to relate any of these as symptoms of recurrence. In fact, one of my Mayo surgeons called it "coincidentally fortunate" to have caught the recurrence in only two areas (upper right lung and small area of liver). I've never been told I was at high risk after my initial diagnosis in 1999 for any type of recurrence. When the recurrence was diagnosed in 2003, the outlook appeared to be dim, with possible spread to brain, lungs, & other organs (this was before PET scan showed involvement of part of my liver in addition to my upper right lung). As of late, we have not had any discussion about success rates, but I do know that my medical providers are hoping that we have destroyed it all; at the same time, I am very aware that there's no assurance that I'm cured. But, I do have HOPE. Just recently in September through November 2004, I was treated for another area that cropped up in my upper right chest area with daily radiation and weekly chemo for 6 weeks. That was my 2nd recurrence (apparently, they often do not get all of the disease surgically). Now, so far, so good with CT and PET/CT results. I've never been told that treatment for my recurrence is only palliative; that's something that I'll ask about upon my next doctor visit. I'm lucky that radiation is still an option for me. Why are you at high risk for recurrence to your lungs? Are you going to get checked for your cough and discomfort??? I wish the best to you. Please keep in touch.

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