Nov 03, 2005 - 4:02 am
Hi-I was diagnosed with stageIII vaginal cancer about two months ago and am scheduled to start treatment next week after exploring various ways of treating it. Reading your postings have scared me to death. My first five weeks of treatment will consist of 25 external radiation treatments and 5 chemo ones. They told me the chemo was being used to strictly enhance the radiation. After these treatments I switch to interstitial radiation therapy which includes two treatments per day every two-three weeks. This is where they put the straws directly into the tumor after they hopefully have reduced and defined it. There is some thickening of the vaginal wall under the bladder. Were any of you in pain before treatment? I have extreme vaginal pain. The pain that most of you talk about with the radiation bothers me a lot. Can any of you give me an update of when they say you will have some relief? How are you feeling now? I am sure you can tell I am very green and do not know what to expect. I was looking forward to getting rid of pain and it seems you are saying that it is just the beginning. Thank you in advance for helping me understand what I am in for!