Sep 17, 2011 - 10:35 am
I'm basically new to this board, and apologize if this has been discussed already.
I'm diagnosed with UPSC, stage 1 or 2, to my oncologists best judgement. No lymph nodes were sampled, but scans are clear and nothing detected in pelvic wash. When my hysterectomy was performed,(including the fallopian tubes and ovaries) the cancer was discovered (1.5 cm) embedded between the inner and outer layers of my uterus. I'm presently having chemo, taxol/carboplatin, and just finished my 3rd round. I'm a teacher and still teaching, but I have 2 fantastic subs lined up, one of which is my very own sister, who is a retired teacher. I'm taking off 3 days for every treatment, which is on Thursday, so have an additional 2 days at home while I'm coming down from chemo.
My question is......I see many women here have recurrences. I'm wondering if there very many that don't......I'm not finding any information online that can tell me that! I'm also wondering what symptoms did you have that pointed to a recurrence, or are there none? I had no symptoms at all for this cancer, other than atypical uterine cells that showed up in my pap smear. My wonderful gyn/onc felt a hysterectomy was in order, because even though the tests showed no indication of cancer, she felt the atypical cells would turn into cancer if left alone. She examined the uterus after the hysterectomy and said both inner and outer layers were smooth, so she felt sure there was no cancer. She was only slightly less shocked than I was (her words) to discover cancer after the pathology report.
Thank you in advance for any replies.