Hi new to group. Was diagnosed with cc in October. After much pushing and seeing consultants since June - knowing things were not right. Have had mri - which didn’t show any spread and met with the surgeon who recommended radical hysterectomy and lymph node removal. Grade2 but stage 1b1 ? Had had a pet-ct scan yesterday . Feel nauseous and dizzy today. Not sure if it’s related ! Anyone else had same steps ?
Awaiting results and next step. Anxious but taking one day at a time . I’m a single working parent btw which is the worrying part !
Hi Ali66 and welcome to our group!
It seems to vary as regards which particular scans are carried out-for my first diagnosis I had an mri and then a ct, but no pet scan. Other ladies have the pet scan. The different scans give different types of images so the doctors can be certain that the treatment proposed is the most appropriate. You may have had a reaction to the tracer used in your scan, but hopefully your dizziness and nauseous feelings will pass quickly.
The stage number is the most important figure in deciding treatment, so they will want to make certain it is 1b1 before carrying out a radical hysterectomy, as surgery is not possible at higher stages and they will want to be sure there is no lymphnode involvement. The grade refers to the level of abnormality of the cells on a scale of 1 to 3, with grade 3 being the most abnormal but the grade of cell abnormality doesn’t affect which treatment is done however. That will always be determined by the stage of the cancer.
Having a radical hysterectomy is a major surgery and you will need to take things easy afterwards, so hopefully you will have support at home when you come out of hospital? You don’t say how old your children are, but you are likely to need help initially.
You are bound to be anxious, but we have other ladies in the group who have gone through this so I’ll hope they’ll be able to share their experience. My cancer was too advanced at my diagnosis for surgery at stage 2b, so like many other ladies in the group I had chemoradiation treatment instead.
I hope you’ll find the group a good source of support and encouragement as you go along, and please feel free to ask any questions you need to ask. We have a lovely group of ladies here who will help in any way they can.
Thank u Sarah. It’s nice to have people who are in the same/similar situation to ask questions and hear about their treatment journey. My daughter is 12. Her brothers are both at uni. Mum and dad are in 90’s so won’t be able to help out but hoping friends will between work and their kids !
thank you again x
Lots of us here will know exactly what you’re going through, and we understand what it’s like. I hope your friends can help you out-things like getting shopping, or do it online, and maybe doing you some meals and things. Housework can wait! You’ll need to concentrate on your recovery and you be off work for a while.