Aug 09, 2009 - 5:06 pm
My sister, age 60, was diagnosed with very low grade stage 1B endometrioid adenocarcinomas. Robotic surgery was performed with total hysterectomy (everything removed) and 30 lymph nodes taken and a wash (flush). Only cancer found was in the interior of the uterus.
In May she started spotting (vaginally) and waited until her regular follow up to see the doctor. He performed a biopsy and ordered a PET scan. Because of a scheduling mess up, the scan wasn't performed before she left for 3 weeks to come visit the family (she lives in EL Paso, we live in Dallas). When she returned home, she discovered the Doctor had been trying to contact her to let her know that the cancer had returned and was on the vaginal cuff and possible an area by her lymph nodes (which could also just be inflammation). He scheduled her for 25 radiation treatments.
The radiologist gives her prognosis as very bad. Says the radiation treatment will not cure her; will only shrink the tumor. This doctor feels that the cancer (still the low grade endometrioid adenocarcinomas) has already spread to other parts of her body and just hasn't grown enough to show on the PET scan.
Is there hope? There isn’t any talk of removing the tumors on the upper third of her vagina or chemo……..We are working on getting her into MD Anderson for a diagnoses and treatment plan.