I am desperate for answers for my 88 year old mother. She was diagnosed with vaginal adenocarcinoma about 2 years ago. It was found in a routine exam (although she hadn't had an exam in about 5 years prior to that.)It was a small spot they said, but the doctors recommended some chemo once a week and 5 weeks of daily radiation. My mom's health is generally good, but she declined treatment at that time due to fears of what it might do to her.
Recently, she decided to get a second opinion, so we went to a big cancer center here and they checked her and said that the cancer lesions had grown a bit, but it has not spread to her lymph nodes or anywhere else so far. They recommend 5 weeks of daily external beam radiation and 3 treatments of the internal (tampon-type) radiation.
She is very frightened of the side effects of this and is trying to decide what to do. She has had no symptoms up to this point from the cancer, so she is thinking of letting nature take it's course and take her chances with the cancer and I just want what's best for her. After reading what some of you have experienced with radiation, it's very scary to think what might happen to her in her advanced age----especially when she seems to be doing fine right now.
We would welcome any advice that anyone has to give. This is the hardest thing I've ever seen her have to go through and she is agonizing over what to do. Please help!!! Thank you so much and I wish you all well on your journey through this "cancer maze". Take care.