Diagnosis

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Hi.  Just been diagnosis today with cc.  I still have to have a PET scan yet but the plan is for 5 weeks radiotherapy and chemo.  Still a bit numb and not yet real. 

  • Hi @Debbie45 and welcome to the group.

    It’s a lot to take it at the start, always a shock when you get a cancer diagnosis, and then a lot of waiting for all the tests to be completed and for treatment to start. Hopefully the petscan will be the final piece of the jigsaw before your plan is firmed up, and it confirms that things are as they assume. 

    Many of us have gone through the chemoradiation treatment you are likely to be going through, and have come out the other side, so there will be plenty of advice and support for you.

    Feel free to ask any questions once you have had a chance to absorb the news-no question is silly, or too much information in the group as there will usually be someone who will have some similar experience who can relate to what you’re going through.

    Best advice I can give is to take one day at a time, and try not to look too far ahead. It’s a lot to come to terms with at the start, but things do become easier as time goes on.

    sarah xx


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  • Hi Debbie 45

    Welcome to the group but sorry you find yourself here. You are just now going through the worst part of any cancer diagnosis. The waiting and worrying. Once you have your pet scan and a treatment plan, you will feel much better. If you are having the Chemo/Radiation take the time you have now to prepare yourself for treatment and eat well and healthily, drink plenty of water and exercise. It will all help you to cope with the treatment which is very do-able anyway. Good luck and please keep us posted as we can help you with any questions you have along the way xx

  • Hi Debbie, welcome to the group. I know just how you feel I to have just recently been diagnosed with 2b cc and got my pet-ct scan results today. Talk to these lovely ladies on here they will help you get through it . They have helped me so much 

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    1. Hi Debbie I have also been diagnosed with 2b cancer I start Chemo with Radiotherapy next week Chemo on mondays for 5 weeks alongside radiotherapy and then 2 weeks of brachytherapy. I went for a CT scan last week which was where they plan the radiotherapy treatment. However they sent me away as couldn't do the scan due to too much gas in my stomach. I am now taking peppermint capsules to help so fingers crossed it will be successful at the next scan otherwise I worry that my treatment will be delayed. I am trying to follow the diet sheet now I was given. Can anyone tell me if you have chemo say on Monday is this done first then radiotherapy follows or do they sometimes change the times so you start with radiotherapy then rest of day chemo? 
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    I think it depends on the hospital and their scheduling. On chemo days I always had chemo first followed by radio, but other ladies have had it the other way round. I hope your next scan appointment is a success-I had a similar issue when I went for my planning scan and was sent away and told to come back the next day. 

    Sarah xx


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  • Hi Trudy and welcome.

    My experience was slightly different as on chemo days(Tues for me) my radio time was just wotever they had me down for ( sometimes smack in the middle of chemo)) and I had to roll down to the radio unit with my drip still attached but I learned a trick and went early b4 chemo and asked if they could squeeze me in or if not to adjust the time for when chemo was done! They're very cooperative that way so just ask when the time comes.

    Angela xx

  • Thanks so much Angela for this advice I had a successful planning scan yesterday lots of moving around and emptying bladder but got there in the end. I now have my radiotherapy schedule and had a chemo prep with the nurse so all set fingers crossed to start on monday bright and early. Thanks everyone I don't feel so alone in all this now.xx

  • Keep us posted and best of luck for Monday! I found chemo days quite relaxed,  once the first is out of the way it's less of the "unknown" bring a tablet, hook Into hospital WiFi, get a movie on Netflix and use headphones. #sorted lol xx

  • Hi 

    Good to see things are moving on and you are ready to get started. Hope everything goes as smoothly as possible next week, and please let us know how you get on. You’re definitely not alone here-many of us have been through this so we can help with advice for you. 

    Sarah xx


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  • Hi Trudyf.... just a slightly different experience.... they allowed me to go for my radiotherapy whilst my 2nd "fluid flush" was going through my drip.  Had to take your apparatus but all very do able and makes for a shorter day if it can be done.  Good luck! xxx