BuckeyeShelby's Journey:

Survivor: Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: almost 5 years ago, Female, Age: 53, Stage IV

  1. 1
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    I was diagnosed w/"cancer" following a hernia surgery. I was lucky that my general surgeon is also an oncology surgeon. I was sent on to both a medical & gynecological oncologist; between the two of them, it was determined I have adenocarcinoma originating in the uterus. I will be undergoing a hysterectomy then chemo, but these have not yet been scheduled.

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  2. 2
    almost 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    Total Hysterectomy 8/23/12. The surgeon was unable to feel the node on top of my kidney, but did identify two tiny spots (a few mm) on my diaphragm that are cancerous. He says the chemo should take care of those at the size they are. There was some sort of fibrous tissue over my liver & spleen. That was sent for biopsy, and he'll let me know what is found.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Stage 4B, but at least it's grade 1

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  4. 4
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My first chemo session is scheduled for Sept 21. Don't know exactly what I'll be getting yet.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My 1st chemo is actually scheduled for 9/27. Taxol & carboplactin.

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  6. 6
    over 4 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Had the 2nd of 6 chemo sessions on 10/17/12. Didn't have the reaction to Taxol like I did last time. Yah! And I told my oncologist about the severe foot/leg/knee pains. He said it was because I couldn't get in front of it last time because we didn't know it would happen. I've been instructed to start taking the Norco now so hopefully the leg pains don't get out of control. At least this time I know I'm only going to be in pain for about 36 hours and not for 6 months!

    Easy to Do: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  7. 7
    over 4 years ago
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    Other

    Celebration

    I had an appt w/my surgeon today. He believes he got all the cancer. We'll watch the 2 spots on my diaphragm. And I'll have another CT to check on the nodule on my right kidney, but he believes that is a benign cyst. Even with it being stage 4, he gave me a good prognosis.

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  8. 8
    over 4 years ago
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    Other

    Celebration

    I got the results of my CT scan from last week. There is a nodule near the adrenal on my right kidney. My surgeon thought it was just a benign cyst but wanted to do a scan to see if it's grown since my scan 3 and a half months ago. No growth! More evidence this is nothing to worry about, but he will keep an eye on it in future scans, since he'll be following me as my gyn. Yah!

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  9. 9
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Last chemo session was 1/10/13. I'll have a few days of side effects, like leg pains, but I should be over it by the middle of next week. And I'm looking forward to seeing hair in a couple/few months. Yah me!

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  10. 10
    almost 4 years ago
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    Celebration

    Had my first post-op CT scan on 7/27/13. Nothing showed up other than another umbilical hernia. Whew!! Snoopy dances of joy!!

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  11. 11
    over 4 years ago
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    Leakage from chemo

    Side Effects

    12/20/12 chemo -- the IV infiltrated, causing a large "burn". Looks just like sunburn, with a large redder splotch where the IV went in. Pain, itch, dizziness for about a week. Finally starting to subside a week later. Yikes!

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