May 21, 2012 - 12:49 am
My mom was diagnosed in Feb of this year with Stage III C1, grade 3 uterine cancer. They initially thought that they had found it early but during her hysterectomy, they found the cancer in 3 out of 19 lymph nodes. She recovered very quickly from her surgery and began chemo (paclitaxel + carboplatin) in mid-March. She just had her 4th treatment (out of 6) and so far is doing really well. Her side effects from the chemo have not been too bad - mainly constipation, mild body aches a few days after her treatment, and of course, hair loss. She is not scheduled to receive radiation at this point (her onc wanted to wait and see how she did with the chemo) and she is obviously looking forward to being done with her treatment, but from what I have read online, it sounds like patients who get radiation in combination with chemo often have a better prognosis than those who only receive chemo. I know my mom won't welcome the thought of more treatment but if it is going to help her chances, I really want to encourage her to go for it.
A few questions for anyone who may have faced a similar situation:
Also, what is the standard way to monitor the cancer's progress (or hopefully lack thereof!) after treatment? The onc told us that it would be scans because there are no reliable blood markers for her cancer, but I seem to see a lot of references to CA125 on uterine forums. Is CA125 a reliable marker for uterine cancer?
Many thanks to anyone who may have some input on these questions - and best wishes to those of you who are going through this right now!