Hi everyone . Im new to the group. I was diagnosed with cervical cancer . Stage 3c recently had Surgery
But was unsuccessful due to tumour being to close to the bladder . So now awaiting Radiotherapy/Chemo.
Really Nerve Racking but will be worth it.
Anything reasurring welcome.
Hi DisneyVillian37 and welcome to our group.
I’m presuming that your stage was only discovered when attempting surgery since surgery is not an option at stage 3c? We have other ladies who had this happen, and I’ll tag in Lulabell who had to do chemoradiation after a hysterectomy when the stage increased due to lymphnode involvement. I’ll also tag Snobird as she was stage 3c but knew that from the start so didn’t have surgery. She’s also successfully completed chemoradiation.
Many of us in the group have been through this treatment-my stage was 2b on my original diagnosis but I completed chemoradiation in 2018. It is tough as the treatment is intensive over a short period of time, but it can be very successful.
Please feel free to ask any questions you have-we’ve got a lot of experience in the group and will do our best to help.
Hi DisneyVillain37, I am a year out from treatment and so far all seems well. The treatment is very doable and for me the worst side effect was violent diarrhoea from week three into radiotherapy but they give you tablets to combat this and it works really well, too well sometimes!! The staff are amazing and once you start the treatment you will feel so much better. Do you have a start date? For now help yourself in any way you can with a good diet, plenty of water and exercise. Good luck and you will be fine with the treatment. Good luck, sending healing thoughts your way xx
As Sarah mentioned, I had chemoradiotherapy as my cancer was restaged to 3C1 after a radical hysterectomy due to lymph node involvement.
Looking back, I can say that the treatment is manageable and doable, but at the time I was terrified, especially whilst waiting for it to start. As you say it is nerve wracking, but it is also fairly routine treatment and we all get / got through it in our own way.
Sending you best wishes and a big hug,
You can do this!
Yes your right i was stage 2 before surgery
But was unsuccessful. I had overies and tubes taken out. Also alot of lymph notes that came bk positive thats how i got stage 3. But apparantly its not spread past the lymph notes which is good. Im due to have a another MRI . Then chemo consultant nxt week. They did mention 5wks of chemoradiation then a blast of brachytherapy.
Thanks for clarifying that- but what a shame you had to go through an unsuccessful surgery. I had an unsuccessful surgery too and remember how deflated I felt afterwards.
5 weeks concurrent chemoradiation is the standard treatment-weekdays radiotherapy each day with weekly chemo infusions (if you are getting Cisplatin) and then the brachytherapy at the end.
We’ll be here for you to share our own experiences, so please feel free to ask us any questions. Lots of positive stories here for you too!