ColoradoCathy's Journey with Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

Patient: Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

Patient Info: Currently in active treatment (initial surgery, receiving chemo rounds/radiation), Diagnosed: over 4 years ago, Female, Age: 70, Stage Recurrent

  1. 1
    almost 4 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a total hysterectomy and was told in recovery that the unknown cysts on my uterus and left ovary were cancerous. An unhappy surprise!

    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  2. 2
    almost 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    I was scared to death of chemotherapy until I finished the first treatment. My side effects were minimal and I was able to live an almost normal life.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    almost 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    The day I finished my last chemo I was unfortunately quite sick with a respiratory infection, but the following day I went hiking with several friends anyway. We didn't go far but it was the companionship that mattered.

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  4. 4
    almost 4 years ago
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    Cancer is back/Recurred

    Oh No

    3 months after my last chemo I had a follow-up CT scan which showed that cancer had metastized to my lungs. I started chemo with a different drug (Doxil) that same week. The side effects after 2 treatments have been non-existent and my CA 125 blood levels dropped after the first one. I am encouraged by this news but also looking at alternatives if this drug doesn't prove to be any more effective than the first ones.

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  5. 5
    over 3 years ago
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    After 6 Doxil treatments, a CT scan showed that the lung tumors were growing again.

    Oh No

    So on to yet another drug, this time Gemzar coupled with carboplatin. No progress was made with these drugs and my oncologist essential threw up her hands, telling me in so many words that she was out of options. I thought I was looking at the end of my life.

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  6. 6
    over 3 years ago
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    I found another oncologist.

    Other Care

    Not being one to give up without a fight, I sought out another oncologist but with no expectations. My new doc offered me a life raft. She gave me a month off chemo and has me taking an estrogen blocker. I looked back at my original path report done after surgery and found that my uterine tumor was/is positive for estrogen receptors. I don't know why my original doc didn't even discuss this me, little alone offer treatment. Physically I am about the same but mentally and psychologically, I am 1000% better!

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