Jul 04, 2009 - 9:54 am
I read your post about having Stage 3 Uterine Cancer, Stage 1 Ovarian Cancer, and Stage 1 Cervical Cancer, and although I replied under that post, I was afarid you would miss my response. I don't know how to send 'Personal Messages' on this Board, and I want to make sure you get my message, so I'm posting it separately.
Do you have 3 different cancers, or did the uterine cancer spread to your ovaries and cervix (which would account for the Stage III uterine cancer diagnosis)?? Ovarian cancer is very different than "uterine cancer with mets to the ovaries", with a very different treatment protocol and overall prognosis. Uterine cancer, even when it spreads elsewhere, is still considered 'uterine cancer' wherever else it travels in the body. I would consider your diagnosis "uterine cancer with mets to the cervix and ovaries."
Because the re-located cancer cells are still the same type of cancer cell, even when uterine cancer cells travel to the lungs or brain, they are treated with chemo drugs that work best for uterine cancer rather than chemo drugs specific for the cancers that ORIGINATED in those other organs. If your affected cervix and ovaries were removed during your surgery, you probably only have uterine cancer (only! what a poor word choice! sorry). It would truly be "lightning striking Three Times" for you to have 3 distinct different types of cancers all at once. You don't want to confuse your uterine cancer with ovarian cancer and take on all of those additional worries!! Please pull out your pathology report again and look at the GRADE of your cancer. Unless you have a Grade 3 cancer (usually papillary serous or clear cell), you probably have a MUCH better prognosis and survival rate than if you had ovarian cancer too. That would be such GOOD news for you! Please double-check your pathology report or call your oncology nurse for a clarification. I hate to see someone take on more worry than warranted; it's scary enough just to have uterine cancer!