Apr 08, 2006 - 7:31 am
I was just diagnosed with Stage 1B cervical cancer this week. Haven't yet met with the chemo and radiation specialists, that's next week. I've been doing some research and nothing I've found has convinced me that I want to have chemo treatments. I am considering refusing chemo even though my doctor told me she wouldn't treat me if I did. She wants me to have chemo & radiation together, then brachytherapy, then a regular hysterectomy. I feel like all this should be my decision, not hers. I'm OK with all of the above except the chemo. I'm 45 years old and I've never wanted kids so the thought of a hysterectomy (even a radical) doesn't bother me at all.
All of the survivors I've talked to personally did not have chemo or radiation, but they all were diagnosed years ago when surgery was the accepted treatment.
Is there anyone out there who refused chemo? If so, did you later change your mind? If you didn't do chemo what treatments, if any, did you have? If you did do chemo how were your side effects? Was the treatment successful? Did you have to "doctor-shop" to find one that would listen to your needs?
Please tell me your stories - at this point I am considering no treatment at all if my only option includes chemo......