Hi all I’m at stage 2b and have been told I need chemo radiation and brachytherapy. I start all this on the 13th. At the end of all the treatment I will have the brachytherapy please could anyone advise on this as this is the only part I seem to be struggling to get my head around x
Hi Ladyship80 and welcome to the online community although I'm sorry you've had to find us.
I haven't had brachytherapy so can't share any experience with you but I did notice that your post had gone unanswered and thought I'd see if I could help.
You might already have read this information but this tells you about brachytherapy for cervical cancer. I know it's no substitute for talking to someone who's gone through the treatment so if you type 'brachytherapy' into the search facility in this group it brings up lots of previous posts on this subject. You could have a read through them and respond to any of the more recent ones to ask any questions you might still have.
Another alternative is to post your question in ask a nurse and one of the specialist cancer nurses will respond within 2 working days.
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Hi Ladyship80, I also had stage 2b cc. I started treatment last August and finished mid October. I had 5 sessions of chemotherapy and six weeks radiotherapy. I was mostly fine through it apart from nausea which was really bad and they could never find anything to help. Fatigue kicked in about two weeks into the treatment. The metallic taste in my mouth from the chemo was horrible but found Fox's fruits and mint sweets helped. I lost my appetite and fish, which I enjoyed previously, turned my stomach and to this day I haven't eaten it and don't think I ever will. The last three weeks, once a week, I had brachytherapy. The first session was fine as I was given loads of drugs so slept through it. The second session was terrible.They didn't give me enough drugs, bare in mind that I am claustrophobic so take lorazepam every time I have an MRI/PET, but they only have me half the dose so I woke up when they were taking the rods and the pain was incredible, the third and last session was fine. My advice to you is to make sure the consultant, anestattist and nurses listen to you because it's amazing treatment for getting rid of the tumour. I'm pleased to say that I found out in February that I am in remission and at my second 3 monthly scan the consultant said there was no sign of cancer so I feel now that I can look forward to the future.
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