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Internal rads starting, terrified!!!

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StacyJane
Internal rads starting, terrified!!!

So i thought i had another week until this internal brachy starts but found out yestetday (right before chemo) that i have surgery this Thursday to insert the device the keeps my cervix pathway clear for the midevil apparatus they use. It is a three prong nightmare. That once inserted into the cervix gets hooked up and the rads shoot thru it into my uterus. 

Please any advice? I get sick to my stomach when they even mention it. I broke down in tears when I told my mom. And i have to go to surgery alone! Thanks COVID! My mom can only come to the main lobby. Crazy times. 

They said i have to bring my advanved directive and medical power if attorney with me. I am the first patient to have the new protocol (due to covid) and they usually roll you straight from hospital to oncology but patient transfer is not allowed (thanks covid) so i will just go home after then drive back for my afternood external rads. 

This part if the treatment just seems so invasive and the nurse said it is quite painful. 

Any advice or stories about this particular treatment? 

Going a little bonkers over here. 

Thank you in advance. And of course i am just trying to keep a positive attitude and accept these lifesaving treatments into my body. I say a little prayer/mantra asking that my body accepts these treatments and let them heal me, before Everything.

 

newly diagnosed cc 2/11/2020

2/11  pap suspected cancer

Same day biopsy certain cc

2/17 positive for cc 

2/21 PET scan for staging

2/26 PET results stage 3C with lymph node 

3/19 first radiation therapy

First chemo scheduled 3/23

Izzzy76

Oh hun I can relate. Reading your posting brings back memories for me, I was so so scared, I had a full blown panick attack just talking about having brachy.

 

But really, it was completely doable. It wasn't fun. But I had no pain at all. I chose to have an epidural instead of anesthesia. I was awake when the applicator was inserted and I got to see what they were doing. It was not scary at all. They were all so kind to me, so sweet and caring

 

They provided me with a morphine pump, but I never used it. I managed 48 hours (2 x 24 hours one week apart) on just paracetamol. I didn't have anesthesia when the applicator was removed either, this didn't hurt either. It was uncomfortable at the most.

You can do this. It's no walk in the park but it wasn't nearly as bad as I had made it up to be.  

 

Just keep in mind that this is the biggest blow to the tumor

28-8-2019 diagnosed grade 2 squamous 2B 4 cm tumor Mri suspect lymphe nodes but pet scan Shows no lymph nodes 25 radio extended field, 6 chemo and 4 brachy finished October 29 2019
StacyJane

Thank you Izzzy. I am feeling a little more calm. I just want to stay positive and make sure my body is accepting all the treatments. I want this to be successful so i need to be positive. Thank you for your words of encouragement. 

 

newly diagnosed cc 2/11/2020

2/11  pap suspected cancer

Same day biopsy certain cc

2/17 positive for cc 

2/21 PET scan for staging

2/26 PET results stage 3C with lymph node 

3/19 first radiation therapy

First chemo scheduled 3/23

Izzzy76

You can do this! ❤

28-8-2019 diagnosed grade 2 squamous 2B 4 cm tumor Mri suspect lymphe nodes but pet scan Shows no lymph nodes 25 radio extended field, 6 chemo and 4 brachy finished October 29 2019
Rissag

Stacy, I completely agree with Izzy it's not at all as bad as we build it up in our minds to be. I had the exact same brachytherapy as Izzy , after chemo and external radiation, 2 overnight hospital stays . So I know it's a little different than yours , but I'm sure it won't be as bad as you think, stress and the unknown can be such a powerful thing sometimes. I'm sure after your first one the second one will be routine.

  • 01/22/2019 abnormal pap results 
  • 04/04/2019 colposcopy/ punch biopsy 
  • 04/15/2019 diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma stage 1b2 6cm tumor 
  • 5/10/2019 egg retrieval surgery. 2 eggs retrieved and frozen 5/23/2019. 5 slit laparoscopic lymph node removal surgery and ovary transposition. 1pelvic lymph node involvement, bumped up to stage 3
  • 6/19/2019 started radiation and chemo
  • 8/5/2019 4 brachytherapy. Finished cancer treatment 25 radiation 5 chemo and 4 brachytherapy,Awaiting scan in November 
Pet scan results NED 11/13/19
emmz13

Hey sweetheart,

I completely agree with everything that has been said, it just seems daunting but it's not that bad.
I hope it all went well today, these are scary times without the added stress of changes to hospital procedures due to covid19 but you are strong and as scary as everything sounds the reality is actually more doable. I didn't have the type of brachy that you will be having I had mine in one big 4 night stay. If nothing else try to focus on the brachy being the cherry on the top of treatment that's gonna help you kick cancers butt! 
Ask for help, talk to anyone and everyone, do whatever you need to do to get through this, shout, scream, swear, there is no right or wrong way to deal with treatment. 
You are strong and in a few weeks you will be done!! 
massive hugs and loads of love xxx

May 19 odd symptoms

03/06/19 doctors appt internal exam, said everything looked fine, did smear. 

10/06/19 urgent colposcopy due to HPV positive and severe changes. 

21/06/19 consultant sees 2cm tumour takes punch biopsies. She’s pretty sure it’s cc.

24/06/19 cancer confirmed, grade 3 preliminary staging 1b.

03/07/19 X-ray. 08/07/19 MRI and PET scan. 10/07/19 MDT meeting

15/07/19 restaged 2b parametrial invasion no lymph node involvement.

16/07/19 treatment 5 1/2 weeks chemorads

18/07/19 planning MRI 26/07/19 preassessment Chemo

05/08/19 chemorads start

11/09/19 chemorads end!!!! 

16/09/19 Brachy

19/09/19 DONE!!!! 

StacyJane

Thank you ladies. I had day surgery yesterday to put in mybsmit sleeve. Loads of pain all day. But most importantly doctor said my tumor has shrunk from 5cm to 3cm!!!! I am so excited. I cried when my mom told me.  I am just so relieved that the treatments are working. We did not expect to get this news so soon!! I am so releived!!!! It makes going into todays internal treatment easier. Not that I am all excited about it but just a little less scared. 

And your support and encouragement is everything to me. Thank you!

newly diagnosed cc 2/11/2020

2/11  pap suspected cancer

Same day biopsy certain cc

2/17 positive for cc 

2/21 PET scan for staging

2/26 PET results stage 3C with lymph node 

3/19 first radiation therapy

First chemo scheduled 3/23

LaurieBeth

That is fantastic news! I am so glad for you to get it so early and right at a time when you needed a boost! Best of luck with internal radiation! Sending my strongest good energies!

LBA 

11/18Abnormal Pap CINIII

12/18Colpo confirmsCINIII-horrible experience with cruel doctor

12/18Cold Knife cone biopsy confirms CiNIII, clear margins-doctor says we should just take it all out

1/19 second opinion-close monitoring appropriate

5/19, 8/19 paps and colpos CIN I

2/20 Pap reveals CIN III

3/17/20 Lietz under GA

3/20/20 Cervical Cancer, no clear margins- doctor calls my situation rare and shocking as my cone had clear margins

  1. 4/1/20-scan shows no evidence of spread Radical Hysterectomy, Lymph node dissection, and ovarian transposition May 12-pathhology staged cancer at 1a1. 

 

Harvitt

Fantastic news xxx

06 Jan 20 massive bleed. 7 feb 20 smear came back highly differentiated severe dyskolious. 14 Feb biopsies taken. 21st Feb cc cells found. 22 Feb 20 told poorly differentiated squamous cell. 28 Feb staged at 2a. Tumour is 2.4mm/9mm 6 March restaged at 3c due to 3 lymph node involvement - x1 2cm. 12 Mar 20 met oncologist - told me coronavirus will probably kill me before cc does. 18 March 20 pre scan booked.
Rissag

Great news to hear Stacy!

  • 01/22/2019 abnormal pap results 
  • 04/04/2019 colposcopy/ punch biopsy 
  • 04/15/2019 diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma stage 1b2 6cm tumor 
  • 5/10/2019 egg retrieval surgery. 2 eggs retrieved and frozen 5/23/2019. 5 slit laparoscopic lymph node removal surgery and ovary transposition. 1pelvic lymph node involvement, bumped up to stage 3
  • 6/19/2019 started radiation and chemo
  • 8/5/2019 4 brachytherapy. Finished cancer treatment 25 radiation 5 chemo and 4 brachytherapy,Awaiting scan in November 
Pet scan results NED 11/13/19
Izzzy76

wondwrful news Stacey!

28-8-2019 diagnosed grade 2 squamous 2B 4 cm tumor Mri suspect lymphe nodes but pet scan Shows no lymph nodes 25 radio extended field, 6 chemo and 4 brachy finished October 29 2019

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