May 24, 2012 - 4:40 am
I've just been diagnosed with recurrent endometrial cancer. My original treatment was in 2005 with hysterectomy and pelvic radiation. I was Stage IC, FIGO Grade 2. I have been encouraged to considered myself "cured," even immediately after my first treatment. I had regular exams and chest x-ray annually until 2010, and this has caught me by surprise.
My cancer has recurred in 2 para-aortic nodes and 1 supraclavicular node. In addition, there are numerous lesion in both lungs, some of which have cavitated. The lung lesions cannot safely be biopsied. I just finished radiotherapy to shrink the para-aortic nodes to relieve pain in my hip, groin and thigh because the one node was compressing a muscle complex. And because my cancer is ER and PR responsive, I am now on 400 mg of progesterone daily. I will have a new CT scan in August to see what the hormone therapy has accomplished. If it has shrunk both the supraclavicular node and affected the lung lesions, we will know that I have metastatic disease. Chemotherapy was thought to be unecessarily aggresssive/toxic at this stage when we are still questioning what's going on in my lungs. I wasted at least a year with sports medicine doctors and physical therapists trying to figure out what my hip/leg pain was. It wasn't until I insisted that we MRI a wider field that we found the culprit cancer. But that is water under the bridge.
I've read a lot of the threads on this board and am encouraged that so many people are living a satisfying life with a disease that is not curable but is treatable. What is unclear to me is how what I read on the board relative to chemo "cocktails" and the like is relevant to adenocarcinoma.
Can any of the more knowledgeable posters clue me in to how to determine what is relevant to my situation and what may not be?
P.S. when "previewing" this message, it shows I created it in 1970!! It's May 2012.