Jul 31, 2011 - 12:11 pm
When I was diagnosed in March 2008, I began extensive research to determine what I believed to be the most effective treatment and the likely prognosis for this subset of uterine papillary serous carcinoma. Some studies indicate that observation could be considered for this stage, but the most recent study--at MD Anderson--quoted one of the researchers as saying that she would never feel comfortable making this recommendation.
Most studies reported that women with stage 1a who underwent chemotherapy had a 100 percent progression-free survival rate. Of course, most studies have been small; and studies earlier than 2005 are not reliable.
What is the experience of others who have this diagnosis? I have been NED for almost three years (I had chemotherapy and five brachytherapy treatments, which ended in November 2008); and my understanding is that once we hit the two-year NED mark, the recurrence rate drops sharply. Nevertheless, I live as if the cancer is just waiting to pounce again.
I am vigilant about living an anti-cancer life--eating an almost exclusively organic vegetarian anti-inflammatory diet, with plenty of turmeric/olive oil/black pepper added to my food; exercising several times a week; "trying" to keep stress out of my life; laughing often. This is what I will do for the rest of my life, and I would love to be more confident that I can live a long life.
I know I am probably very lucky; and my heart goes out to those women here whose struggles are so much more difficult than mine. This message is meant only for those women who might be in my position.
Love to all,