Jun 09, 2012 - 12:25 am
My best friend was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year and had a complete hysterectomy which they told her would get rid of the cancer completely. 3 weeks after her hysterectomy they did a scan and found that the cancer had spread prior to the surgery into her lymph nodes and ordered a hybrid of radiation and chemo treatments. After the radiation therapy, they had gotten all of the cancer in her nodes to stay away, but the tumor which originally resided on her cervix had returned and grown to be 5cm big. Since October 2011 they have been treating the tumor with chemo and she was given a grim diagnosis by her team of doctors yesterday stating that the tumor is not shrinking at all, its also not growing due to the chemo, but they told her there is nothing more they can do for her. They said if they remove the tumor it would just grow back. She is a mess, as anyone would be with this news. She is 29, has two children and is just scared. I told her I would try and find her a support group and some alternative treatments that anyone has heard of that she may be able to bring to her doctor's attention. She is also going for a second opinion at Sloan Kettering in NYC and I wanted her to have this alternative treatment info for that meeting on Tuesday as well. Does anyone know of any? Have you had other treatments that may work for something like this? Any suggestions would help, I appreciate it!