Feb 23, 2011 - 12:56 pm
I was diagnosed with UPSC and had my surgery last Friday. I had my cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, omentum, appendix and lymph nodes removed and had 5-6 boipsies done throughout my abdomen and peritneal washing. I received the surgical staging results yesterday, Stage 1B. I was told that there were no cancer cells in the peritneal washing and was told that the boipsies and nodes were negative, but that the tumor was in the inner 1/2 of the uterine wall making me stage 1B. My GYN told me that he talked to a oncologist and that I would need to have chemo and radiation done. I am grateful to have a much earlier stage than I originally anticipated. I have appointments with two oncologists next week. One is an gynelogical oncologist. I want at least a couple of opinions since this is a rare cancer.
From what I read, I can expect probably carboplatin/taxol chemo and some form of radiation. However, as I said, I have not spoken to an oncologist about specific treatment yet. What have other women experienced as far as side effects from treatments are concerned? Were you able to work and tolerate chemo and/or radiation at the same time?
I have read articles on internet regarding this cancer but do not know exactly what is accurate and what is not. I would appreciate any answers, as I am not very well informed about this type of cancer, but I am trying to educated myself.