Sep 08, 2012 - 8:03 pm
Hello everyone. I stumbled across this site and you all seem to be very helpful and knowledgeable, so I wondered if I might find an answer here.
My Mom was diagnosed May 2012 with stage II grade 3 adenocarcinoma, and underwent a hysterectomy. She is currently receiving adjuvant RT.
No evidence of cancer was found outside the cervix, although they did note that lymphovascular space invasion was probable.
A few days ago, however, she developed paraesthesia (pins and needles) on and off. Sometimes on her face, other times on her arms, hands and down her legs. Her oncologist suggested that if this gets any worse over the next week they will schedule a brain scan. I was dubious when she said that, as I know that the brain is usually the last site of metastasis, so would be quite odd for someone to go from stage II to brain mets in the space of a few months.
Last nite, Mom was woken by excruciating pain radiating from her lower back across her buttocks, she says it feels like the pain is 'in the bone'. I have been researching all this and it seems to fit with two conditions: a trapped nerve or a tumour on the lower spine, compressing the nerve (I.e. exactly the same thing, with one being caused by a tumour!). It doesn't fit with brain mets, thankfully.
I was wondering if anyone has any experience of this? She had not had chemo, so neuropathy is unlikely. Its my understanding that spinal mets are rare in uterine cancer, especially for someone diagnosed as stage II just recently, but it also seems like a huge coincidence if it is simply a trapped nerve....
She will mention this on Monday when she goes in for her RT, but was wondering if anyone has any ideas before then.