Feb 09, 2010 - 4:33 pm
Hi. I have joined this forum for my wife. I think she will join in the discussion eventually but now it is just me. My wife, Cathy, was diagnosed with Uterine cancer the week after thanksgiving. We initially went to our internist a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving and he sent her directly to a gynecologist. A biopsy and PAP smear both came back positive. Her cancer was papillary serous carcinoma, grade 3. He sent us directly to a gynecologic oncologist and he scheduled the surgery for Janyary 6. She had a radical hysterectomy on January 6, 2010. They remover her uterous, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, sampled the pelvic lymphs and the aorta lymphs, and removed the omentum. The cancer had penetrated her uterous and was in 2 of 7 pelvic lymph nodes. There was no cancer found anywhere else. She has a Stage 3C UPSC.
Yesterday was her post surgery doctor visit with the gynecologic oncologist. She is healing nicely and will begin chemotherapy the first week in March, six treatments every three weeks. I asked the doctor about her prognosis and he told us that the latest data indicates women with stage 3 uterine cancer have a 65% to 75% five year survival rate. He also told us not to pay too much attention to statistics because the only thing that really matters is how she does with the chemptherapy. He said that he intends to be very aggressive with his treatments and told us to keep our good attitude. We feel pretty good about things. She is not in any pain and is beginning to feel good again.
We are in Birmingham, Alabama. We are very fortunate that the only gynecologic oncologist group in north or central Alabama is the group we were referred to. They are at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Everyone tells us we have the best doctors available.
Reading some of the postings on this forum has given me an idea of what is coming. Thanks for the comments.