Patient Comments: Cervical Cancer - Share Surgery Experience

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Did you have a surgical procedure to treat cervical cancer or a precancerous condition? Please share your experience. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: gma, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 20

My 43 year old daughter had stage 3B cervical cancer. She did 33 treatments of both chemotherapy and radiation, which did nothing to the tumor. She then had brachytherapy seed implants inserted. After 3 months her PET scan came back showing no signs of a tumor, truly amazing. She has been cancer free for 3 years, however the radiation damaged her left kidney and she has to use a bag to void in. I feel it is lesser of the 2 evils. She has not been able to work but can manage living on her own. She has had a 2nd chance at life. I would suggest seed implants for the most serious cases.

Comment from: Maureen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

Today, 8/14/14, I am 8 years post treatment and surgery for cervical cancer. After a course of chemotherapy, I had the cervix, extending 3 centimeters radiant diameter into the vagina, removed. I also had full hysterectomy and oophorectomy, lymph nodes from an aorta and ureter removed, all laparoscopic. I had to wear a urine bag for 2 weeks and had to be manually disimpacted for constipation. Then I had one more course of chemotherapy, and many weeks of radiation; all the while going to work. Gynecologist/oncologist told me other patients have had more vagina removed than I. I had to have physical therapy on and off for the next 3 years after that. I wonder if there is any plastic surgery available to help with the pelvic floor issues. I had to use a bed pad for about 4 years, but seem to have outgrown that problem (it was spasms). I still encounter daily issues of extreme urgency which I deal with by not moving, waiting a couple of minutes, then it's ok. I have encountered depression; I wonder if I will ever have a normal life.

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