My doctor told me on my visit last thursday June 11
, that I would get the right diagnose last monday June 15 and I have to bring my husband to get through necessary procedures and information regarding the desease. I called them last monday but the result haven’t come yet. I called again yesterday, tuesday and was told that the result will be coming under tuesday so we could come today, wednesday the 17th of June.
I was nervous because I know I am seriously ill. I had prepared myself for the worst as my doctor said on her first examination of me. And she was unfortunately right, it is cancer but she couldn’t determine if it is only outside the uterus or if it grew from inside. I will be sent to Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, one of Europe’s biggest hospitals where they have specialist doctors on this kind of cancer, to be examined under anesthesia so they could determine which procedure/procedures are best to get rid of the cancer.
I got this brochure and my own binder to keep my health journal during the process.
According to my doctor my blood count has dropped from 140 to 100 and it’s too much on such a short period of time so she gave me a prescription of an iron tablet which will be taken once a day.
|The iron tablet
Finding out that I have cancer changed my life. I feel like my world has turned upside down and I have lost all control. It’s just living in a dark hole, I can only see darkness. I am confident anyway that I will get through this and in times like this it is very comforting to have my loving family around me. They really light me up.
I am scheduled to have an X-ray of my lungs tomorrow June 18, just to be sure the cancer didn’t spread on this organ, and a magnet X-ray is scheduled on June 23.
Oh yes, I will overcome this! At this point I have to stay positive, I will survive to tell my story!
Common types of treatments for cervical cancer include:
For the earliest stages of cervical cancer, either surgery or radiation combined with chemo may be used. For later stages, radiation combined with chemo is usually the main treatment. Chemo (by itself) is often used to treat advanced cervical cancer.
The treatment for most stages of cervical cancer includes:
- Surgery, such as a hysterectomy and removal of pelvic lymph nodes with or without removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes.
- Radiation therapy.
These treatments are explained below: from WEB MD/http://www.webmd.com/cancer/cervical-cancer
Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. It is done to treat certain gynecological conditions, including childbirth complications; cancer; and fibroids, endometriosis, or uterine bleeding that hasn’t responded to other treatments.
A total (complete) hysterectomy is removal of the uterus and cervix. A subtotal (also called partial or supracervical) hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, leaving the cervix in place.
A radical hysterectomy is done for some cancers. It is the removal of the uterus, cervix, ovaries, structures that support the uterus, and sometimes the lymph nodes.
The uterus can be removed through:
An incision in the vagina (vaginal hysterectomy).
A small incision [usually about 2 in. (5 cm) long] just at or above the pubic hairline (mini-laparotomy, or “mini-lap”).
A large incision made in the lower abdomen (abdominal hysterectomy).
Laparoscopy, which is less invasive than other methods. In this procedure, a special viewing instrument (laparoscope) is inserted through a small incision. The uterus can then be removed through a small abdominal incision or a vaginal incision (laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy).
The ovaries may be removed along with the uterus. The decision about whether to remove or leave the ovaries is based on a woman’s wishes and health issues.
Chemotherapy is the use of medicine to destroy cancer cells.
Sometimes medicines are put into the blood, usually in a vein, so that they can travel to cells all over the body. This is called systemic chemotherapy.
But chemotherapy also may be:
- Taken by mouth (orally), in pills, capsules, or a liquid.
- Mixed into a cream that is rubbed onto the skin (topically).
- Given as a shot (injection) into a muscle or under the skin.
- Given through a thin tube (a catheter) directly into the abdominal cavity (intraperitoneal chemotherapy).
- Given through a catheter directly into an organ, such as the bladder (intravesical chemotherapy).
Chemotherapy can cause side effects, such as nausea and vomiting. Some side effects go away after treatment is finished. But other side effects, such as infertility, may be permanent.
Radiation therapy is the use of high-dose X-rays to destroy cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation may come from a machine outside the body (external radiation therapy) or from the placement of thin plastic tubes containing radiation (radioisotopes) into the area where the cancer cells are found (internal radiation therapy, or brachytherapy).
Radiation therapy is standard treatment for many types of cancer. It may be used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy, or hormonal therapy.