Sep 20, 2013 - 4:42 am
I also posted to the "long" thread which I read and found some great information. I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm 52 years-old and was diagnosed with UPSC with clear cell features in early August. I had a total abdominal hysterectomy with ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as well. I hadn't been to the doctor in a decade, but was having some weird bleeding and awful pain. It's the pain that finally got me to the ER where everything else followed. There was no cancer found in the lymph nodes or outside the uterus. I haven't yet been told my stage, but I was told today that the cancer had grown deeply into the wall of the uterus and that the cervix was also involved in some way. Sorry, I don't know all the medical jargon yet.
Today I met with the radiation oncologist and I will meet with the chemo guy on Monday. I know NOTHING about any of this. I feel completly overwhelmed and not really sure what's going on. The radiation doc said that I'd need 5.5 weeks of radiation to the pelvis and 3 weeks of vaginal something-or-other. This would be everyday for 8-9 weeks. We won't start radiation therapy until after I finish chemo.
What is the "typical" regimen for the chemo? They said something about every three weeks for four or five months. Would that be one visit every three weeks or several days every three weeks? I'm a teacher and am very anxious to get back to work.
Oh, and to add to the "fun," I was also just diagnosed with HBP and diabetes.
Thanks for reading. I'm scared and uninformed and it's driving me nuts :-)
Donna in North Florida