Feb 06, 2011 - 9:18 pm
I am a 31 y.o. female, with 2 small children (20 months and 5.5 y.o.) Just before the holidays 2009, I was diagnosed with head and neck cancer. I fought that battle with 6 aggressive rounds of chemo. Once that was complete, I continued to get a weekly infusion of Erbitux with the hopes that it would keep things stable and use as a maintenance. The second week of Jan 2011, I got the "all clear" sign from my full body CT scans. Only to find out from my OB less than 2 weeks later that it was a bit of a false celebration. I was then diagnosed with cervical cancer. I wanted to reach out and find out more information about the treatment plan/side effects from it that many of you may have experienced. My doctor said that my tumor was too large for a hysterectomy at this point so we will be doing 6 weeks of radiation with a weekly dose of cisplatin. After that, we will do 2 sessions of the internal radiation. I have been told that the main side effects I will experience are fatigue and diarhea. Is this fairly accurate? I am really unclear about the internal radition and all those side effects, but have a feeling that it's not a pleasant experience. This time, I plan to work through my treatment and hope that it will be a good distraction for me.
This has been an overwhelming last year and I'm a bit disappointed to have to go down this road again so soon. I am very optomistic and feel that this is just another battle that I will have to overcome. I have a lot to fight for and waking up to see my 2 children each day reminds me of that. I appreciate any help or advice any of you have for me. We are the best people to seek advice from since we are the ones who have gone through this all!