Feb 23, 2012 - 3:41 pm
Hi, my Mom was just recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer (since they found tumors in both legs, pelvic area and lungs). They told her they were 90% it's a sarcoma or 10% chance of lymphoma. And we thought the primary was in her right leg since it's the largest and giving her so much pain. Well, turns out it's a carcinoma originating in the uterus. Unforunately we only know that from a phone call from the doctor since they had to change her followup (from the biopsy) with a sarcoma onc to a gyn oncologist. So, my Dad didn't ask anything else so that is all I know until next Thurs. So, not sure exactly what type of uterine cancer it is.
My question is regarding the staging. Is it automatically considered stage 4 because it's in multiple locations? And can they tell if it's spread beyond the uterus, within the pelvic region (like to the cervix or bladder, etc) on the MRI and CT scan or is that something they can only tell during surgery?
They are not doing a lot of research and won't let me go to the dr with them so I'm trying to understand what questions they need to ask.
Thank you so much. This forum has been really helpful to me and I love seeing so many survivors of this crappy disease.