It's Still Cervical Cancer

I saw my new oncologist yesterday and got the complete low down on this new development. Apparently my cervical cancer, which was cured from the cervical area has metastasized into my lungs. Even though the cancer is now in my lungs, it's not considered "lung cancer". It's still considered cervical cancer that has spread to my lungs. I understand from researching that radiation treatments can cause this to happen. I wonder, had I not been so whiney about the condition of my bowels and had not had a CT scan on my small bowel, if I would have ever discovered this condition until it was too late. I have no symptoms other than difficulty breathing which the oncologist does not attribute to the spots currently on my lungs. I have emphysema (COPD) and asthma and always have trouble with breathlessness, so I would have never consulted my doctor about this because, of course, I would attach these symptoms to my COPD. If the CT scan on my small bowel had not shown two enlarged lymph nodes, which are in my stomach, a CT scan would not have been done on my lungs and this new cancer would not yet have been discovered. They can see about six spots on my lungs (both of which are affected) and one suspicious spot behind my liver. There are two enlarged lymph nodes in my stomach which they believe are causing my right leg to be swollen from ankle to groin and my left leg to be swollen around the knee area. They sent me for an emergency ultrasound to check for a blood clot in my leg, which would account for the swelling, but they found none. There is also an enlarged lymph node in my neck which I can only feel when they press on it. I'm scheduled for 5 rounds of chemotherapy starting tomorrow. I will have one treatment every four weeks because my kidneys are not filtering properly. It will be a cocktail of Carboplatin and Paclitaxel administered over 5 hours. They tell me this medication is effective in 1/3 of patients who take it and I'm going to lose my hair. This cancer is incurable. The chemotherapy will shrink the tumors down to their smallest size where they will remain until they decide to grow again at which time more chemo may be administered. Apparently these drugs do not totally kill the cancer cells, just shrink them. I am, apparently, going to have cancer for the rest of my life. I can only hope this treatment will put me in remission for a long time. How much chemicals can a body take before it starts kicking back? As I write this, I just received a phone call from the nuclear medicine department of the hospital to report on Friday this week for a bone scan. Now I have to worry that the cancer is in my bones. Are we having fun yet? I realize miracles do happen and I'm hoping that some of these tumors will be eradicated by the treatment. The only thing good that's come of this cancer thing is that I finally quit smoking. The oncologist said my lungs are clear and sound good. Maybe I should take up drinking again. I haven't had any alcohol since May 2011. The very thought of it gags me. Cancer is a very sneaky disease. Other than feeling fatigued at lot of the time and I can't seem to do much physically, I don't feel ill and I have no pain. I wonder how many people are walking around out there that have cancer and don't even know it. I'll finish rambling now and wish you all good health and keep on fighting.
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Sending best wishes for the start of chemo. Get lots of rest. I know how you feel when you say you wonder how many people are walking around with cancer but dont know it. I was at my healthiest when i was first diagnosed--go figure. Cancer doesnt discriminate that way;) heres to a speedy treatment and remission.
Miracles do happen! I have seen it many times. So I will praying one comes your way!! Love, KathyO
I'm sorry you got such tough news, Terry. Try to stay positive if you can. Personally I have yet to have a clean scan in almost three years, so I can understand it if you feel a little (or a lot) overwhelmed. One thing to think about based on my experience is getting a 2nd opinion. It may not change anything, but at least you've covered all your bases. I would also want to know if chemo might allow you to become a surgical patient in the future. The unfortunate reality is that chemo is rarely a cure for any of us, but it can get you to a curable point by shrinking the tumors. I've read of people with more tumors than what you have getting surgery or RFA (in the case of the liver area), so it seems like it could be doable. Sending lots of strength and positive energy your way-Ann
 Thank you Ann. You raise some good points that I never thought to ask like if chemo might allow me to become a surgical patient in the future. I will be sure to ask my oncologist about this at my next appointment. He is the Chief of Onocology for Hamilton Health Sciences and an Associate Professor,for the Departments of Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University. He seems to be the "go to" guy and the Radiologist and her Nurse tell me if they were in this situation, he's the one they'd want taking care of them. At the examination he was extremely respectful of my body and ensured that nothing was exposed that didn't need to be exposed to others in the room. He was also very patient and took a lot of time to go over everything, including offering me some time to think about if I wanted this treatment, which I did, immediately. I am trying to stay positive, while struggling with the fact that I may be in the last chapter of my life. I'm not going down without a fight. Thank you for your strength and positive energy my way. Right back at you. :)
Thank you Eileen, and you are in my prayers. Let's all keep up the good fight and beat this nasty, nasty disease.
Hi Terry You don't know me. My name is Patti and I am also a cervical cancer survivor. Reading your story touched my heart in a very special way and I wanted to share a blog post I wrote about you. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Keep strong my survivor sister xoxo
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1954 - October 22, 2012

Vital Info


September 9, 2011


October 22, 2012

Cancer Info

Cervical Cancer

April 25, 2011

Stage 3B

4.1 - 5.0 cm


The nausea, diahrea and IV infusions

Can you say "EARLY DETECTION"?


5 year clinical trial - CT vs PET - I drew the short straw and am in the CT group.

Juravinski Center, Hamilton, Ontario Canada

Get lots of rest and rest whenever you want whether it's convenient or not to other members of your family. Don't feel guilty for not feeling like or being able to do the things you used to do before you took ill. This is the time to be selfish and take care of "you".

Keep positive. Believe you're going to beat this thing.

Was constantly tired and apathetic. No energy or will to do much of anything. Vaginal bleeding commencing about 5 years after menopause escalated to severe hemoraging one weekend.


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