Oct 30, 2011 - 11:36 am
In March I had a total abdominal hysterectomy -- was diagnosed with Stage 1b uterine cancer. Pathology report showed 16 lymph nodes tested and all clean. No spread to ovaries, cervix, fallopian tubes. No further treatment was recommended -- only 3 month follow-ups. At my last follow-up on October 17, all seemed to go well. I mentioned to gyn-onc. that I had something strange happening -- there was a foul odor and discharge from my belly button for the last few weeks. I had been using antibiotic ointment which took care of the odor but discharge was still here. Doctor thought it might be some granulation tissue and treated me with silver nitrate. As a precaution, he took a biopsy but wasn't expecting anything bad. He called me a week later and shattered my world -- the cancer was back. I was such a mess cause I couldn't believe was he was saying. This wasn't supposed to happen with Stage 1b. Had a PET/CT and get results tomorrow. Expecting it to light up like a Xmas tree! So scared about what doctor will tell me. Unfortunately, I've been making myself more anxious by reading stuff on internet about recurrences. Husband is ready to throw my computer out the window. Looking for positive info but everything is so negative when cancer doesn't come back in vaginal cuff or pelvic area. Can't imagine how cancer is in belly button. Plan so far is more surgery to remove offending tissue and then 30 radiation treatments. Of course all that could change with PET scan results.