Jan 24, 2011 - 7:42 am
I'm new here...I joined this network because my mom was recently diagnosed with endometrial carcinoma (grade 1); she had a full hysterectomy almost 2 weeks ago. When she came out of surgery the oncologist said the cancer was contained in the uterus (he said stage 1A), but after getting the results from pathology he said that he was in shock to hear the cancer was also present in her cervix (stroma?...) therefore she would need radiation. He said he didn't see any of that during surgery but after her uterus was frozen they could see these cells (how come her paps were always "normal" then?!?!...her last pap was only a couple of months ago! and she got diagnosed with endometrial cancer about one month ago after a D&C...) I'm curious how they know when the cancer spreads... right after surgery he said it was not bad at all only in the uterus (no lymph nodes involved or anything), then I hear the cervix had been affected (which was taken out during surgery too...)...how do they know when it had spread to other areas of the body? (she did have a colonoscopy and endoscopy not long before the hysterectomy and it was all normal thank God)...but can cancer like this spread to other areas even when it has not invaded the tissues of the uterus too much (it didn't even invade deeper layers of the uterus...only a short distance in the cervix...and it's grade 1)... her lymph nodes have not been studied because he said he didn't see anything when she had the hysterectomy....I wonder...how do they know when it invades other organs such as bladder, lungs, abdomen, etc? Is this possible even when it doesn't look too bad in the uterus?