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Ovarian and Cervical Cancer seems I got both !!

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Hi my name is Donna and seems that what was thought to be a lump on my ovaries is cancer . I was diagnosed with papillary serious carsonoma on April 1st last year. It had spread and I was given chemo and radiation pretty intense for 5 weeks then I had brachy therapy my last PET scan showed a lump on my ovaries that was slowly growing , My Doc said it could be a tumor but thought i would just be a cyst or such but as it had grown he wished to remove it the plan was to remove my uterus cervix and ovaries tubes etc . Well when he went in my uterus and cervix had fused to my bowel ( so they stayed ) but he removed my ovaries and tubes and the mass which was a malignant tumor Ovarian cancer he said . So in 12 months I have had not just cervical cancer but now ovarian cancer . Honestly I feel fine am only sick during treatments of course and the recovery from this surgery has been hard but now I am basically back to myself only I get very tired .
My Doc is starting me on Chemo again after 1st Feb , I will have chemo every 3 weeks for 6 weeks to kill any escape cells from the ovarian cancer. Am ready to fight this I am determine to beat it. One thing is the Ovarian cancer was one tumor had not spread yet we don;t think unlike the papilary cancer of cervix .
Is this common to have two cancers he said they are not related tumors as far as he knows these are both separate cancers how could I get two cancers ? hugs to all out there who are fighting hard ........I will fight ill last breath
HUGS YOU ALL TIGHTLY luv Donna from Australia :) xox

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longtermsurvivor
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which makes your situation very rare. I wish you the best of fortune with your treatment. What is being used for chemotherapy?

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Honordon
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i don;t know yet I go in on first to the chemo clinic and see my chemo specialist he will tell me what the plans are on that day. They said probably the chemo will start week after that appointment ... :)

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carolenk
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Cervical cancer is a result of the HPV infection. There is a preventive vaccine for cervical cancer now being offered to young girls.

I dont know why surgery wasn't done when you were diagnosed with the first cancer. Your story is kind of unusual. Best wishes to you.

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Why they did the surgery after the chemo and radiation is because with papilary serous carsonoma it spreads fast and easily it was already in lymph nodes , one kidney stem they thought lungs but that come back clear now , my uterus and cervix the cancer was larger than 4.5 cm which is what they wanted for surgery my tumor was 8.5 cm and growing rapidly. So was shrink first and then operate , it responded realy well to chemo and radiation and was significant reduction and some actually disappeared . So then they operated finding the ovarian tumor.
I did not know my story was unusual ? i have heard of others getting two types of cancers I guess its not so common though .
Yes I know about the vaccine my daughter has had it thank goodness that she may be spared from this ........thank-you for well wishes Donna

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A friend of mine sister had breast cancer and now is fighting cervical cancer so you are not alone in having two different kinds of cancer. I do feel for you and hope that the doctors and help you. We all are in the same boat and are here for each other. I hate to say nice to meet you because that means we are in the same boat but I am glad to meet you. I can't answer your questions but I can be your friend and pray for you. The ladies on this website have beeh so good to me and for me. Please continue to come and learn from these wise ladies it will change your life it has changed mine.

Annd

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Honordon
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Papilary Serous Carsonoma of cervix is not HPV virus I believe its a different type of cancer to normal cervical cancer if you can call an cancer normal and to have papillary of cervix is apparently rare in itself .

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You've come to the right place to get support. Wishing you the best as you fight this latest battle!

Take care,
Kelly

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kikz
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Sometimes I think all we really have is the strong will to live. My good thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Karen

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Honordon
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Thank you Karen and Kelly , I just want to learn as much as I can and beat this .. Donna

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Hi Donna,
I don't know what services are available to you in Australia. Is the doctor who did the surgery a gynecological oncologist? If not, that is who you want to go back in, if that is the plan. I'm a bit surprised they didn't remove anything during your surgery. When I was diagnosed with stage IIIc ovarian cancer, papillary serous adenocarcinoma, all my innards were glued together in one big ball; uterus, bowels, ovaries... My surgron said it was not going to be an easy surgery, but he did it and I managed to avoid a colostomy. My results were suboptimal, but the subsequent chemo and integrative therapies got the remaining tumor and I am currenlty NED. Just be sure, when you have surgery again, the surgeon has extensive experience in debulking surgery.

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oh yes he is a specialist Gynecological oncologist he is very good a German fellow. I have a team of specialist that work with me , chemo , radiotherapist and oncologist.
He said he would of not wanted to touch my uterus the scar tissue was two great and it was very much fused to my bowel .I do wish he had been able to take the uterus also , but am glad to have saved my bowel he said my uterus was shriveled but clean of cancer, the brachy therapy did its job.Am stage 4b apparently but i feel good real good and am ready for this second chemo . They did take both ovaries and tubes so that's good ..wow you have done so well ..hugs and thankyou Donna :)

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jbeans888
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Wow! I am stressed with just one cancer. You are very brave and your spirit shines thru. Does your country have an organization like the American Society? They are very helpful. You can even go on there website and request info.

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I meant American Cancer Society... dang IPhone, sorry

VictoriaSF
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hi,
i had 2 cancers - ovarian - 3c and uterine - 1a - it was confined inside.
i had surgery in november 2010, chemo and now have cjemo break. still have spots on liver and spleen but they are not getting bigger and no new tumors.
good luck to you. God Bless
victoria

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Honordon
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I don;t know what the ovarian cancer is staged at my cervical was 4b only because it had spread I guess and it was large .... god bless you also Donna

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Honordon
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Australian Cancer Society this is south aussie branch

http://www.cancersa.org.au/aspx/home.aspx

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Fallopian tube cancer is pretty rare and then when I went for my first ct/pet scan after first line chemo they found kidney cancer ! I had my right kidney removed last January and even though the tumor was aggressive I barely even remember that I am a kidney cancer survivor. Some of us have all the luck,lol. Good luck
Colleen

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azgrandma
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God bless you

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azgrandma
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God bless you

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I had a total abdominal hysterectomy, along with removal of the ovaries and omentum and lymph nodes on Aug. 24th. As suspected, uteran cancer was found, but also cancer was found on both ovaries. I was told that there were 2 cancers going on at the same time...the one cancer had not metastasized, and that was a good thing. I also have been undergoing chemo (Taxol/Carboplatin) treatments. I was fortunate that they found the other cancer in an early stage during my surgery. I just finished my 7th one last Monday and may have an 8th treatment before I'm finished. I hope you do well with your treatments and are able to get past this.

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I also had different cancers . I had ovarian, uterine and appendix cancers, all 3 cancers were primary cancers and independent of one another. The uterine and ovarian cancers were found during a D and C and laproscopic treatment. I then was sent to a different doctor to do my MOAS and it was discovered that I had appendix cancer. I am doing well at this time and have NED and hope to keep it that way for a long time.

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I am having paclitaxel and carboplatin . It was long day as my gelco tissued so now I am going to be getting a port. This will be done on 16th. The second lot of chemo on the 2nd . The did manage to get in another gelco to finish todays chemo but it took a long time.
I thankyou for posting to me and I hope you all are doing well , Am real tired its been a long day :)

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