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Symptoms getting worse after surgery and brachytherapy

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Hi I had a full hysterectomy in mid December, everything taken out including lymph nodes and omentum. I had 3 sessions of brachytherapy in mid February. I had stage 1a grade 3 womb cancer.

The fatigue hit me after the radiotherapy but I’m finding now I feel worse than ever. I have worsening abdominal pain, feel breathless and lightheaded (on occasions even when lying down).

I had a further scan on 10 May and I’m waiting for the results.

I’ve been back at work on a part time basis with reduced hours for 3 weeks but I am finding it difficult even doing half days and I have no energy to do the things I enjoy.

Is this the new normal for me?



Sarah S-Macmillan
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Hi Ann

Thanks for getting in touch.

It’s natural to feel worried and concerned after treatment that how you’re feeling is going to be your new normal.

It is still early days after radiotherapy and tiredness can start during treatment continuing for weeks to months afterwards. Fatigue can be related to treatment but as there can be other causes it is important to contact your GP for a review.

You also mentioned abdominal pain which the hospital is investigating with your recent CT scan. But if your doctor isn’t also aware of you feeling breathless and light headed, this will also need to be investigated.

It is natural to feel symptoms are related to after effects of treatment. Getting a review with your GP will be able to eliminate any other causes so you can concentrate on managing your fatigue. You can find tips for boosting and saving energy here.

You have been through a lot of treatment, so it is important to take it one step at a time. Recovery is different for everyone. Getting support from others experiencing fatigue following treatment is important and makes you feel that you are not on your own. It is good to see that you are part of our life after cancer and womb cancer group.

I have noticed that you are struggling with your phased return to work. We have work and support advisors who could help you if you needed further support.

Our Support Line is open every day 8am till 8pm and if you felt that it would help to talk to one of our nurses or support team you can give us a call on 0808-808-0000.

Hope this has been helpful

Sarah S-Macmillan Cancer Information Nurse Specialist