Jan 31, 2012 - 12:38 pm
I'm coming up to a crossroads and wanted to hear from my UPSC sisters. I was diagnosed IA in October after a robotic hysterectomy. Had de-bulking/staging surgery in November - 22 lymph nodes, omentum, tubes, ovaries, cervix, vaginal cuff, washings all were negative. Yeeeha!
One gyn/onc told me I'd need nothing but observation, but since the uterus was morcellated in the hysterectomy he could understand if I wanted chemo. His gyn/onc practice partner told me that I'd probably need radiation as well.
Last week I finished my third and final round of chemo (yeeeha!) and I'm glad to have some excruciating bone pain and bad mouth taste starting to fade in the rear view mirror. I've got a CA125 test and CT scan next week, and I'll meet with gyn/onc #2 to hear what he has to say about radiation.
At this point, all I can think about is scary stuff (which sucks because I've been in a blissful state of denial for months now - I think when the doc said pathologies were negative I told myself 'take that, cancer' and in my mind I was done).
> If pathologies were negative and I've had 3 rounds of chemo (and why only 3, everyone else seems to have had more) isn't radiation redundant?
I'm 45 years old and the thought of needing a dilator for 40 years makes me squirm. Of course the thought of having the UPSC spread/metastasize also makes me squirm.
Any shared experiences are so appreciated.
Liz in Dallas