Nov 08, 2010 - 9:55 pm
I have been diagnosed with 1B1 cervical cancer and am sched for radical hysterectomy. I would like to keep my ovaries. I do not know if nodes are involved yet or not. I had a CT scan and PET scan that were negative. My doctor/surg still may want to do radiation and chemo post op. What are risk/benefit of radiation?? Does pelvic radiation effect the bladder and colon??? and the vagina??? are these long term effects?? Will I always have to use dilators in vagina to stretch the walls or is this just for short time after radiation??? What about surgical menopause?? is that really horrible?? I am 110 pounds and am told that it will be worse for me.