highwaygirl's Journey with Cervical Cancer

Survivor: Cervical Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 7 years ago, Female, Age: 40, Stage IB

  1. 1
    over 4 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    The end of February 2010 a polyp was removed from my cervix and sent for biopsy. I was told that they never come back cancerous and not to worry. Two days later I was called at work and told it was cancer. My results were Large Cell Neuroendocrine Carcinoma of the Cervix - a very rare and aggressive cancer. My world came crashing down on me and thus my journey started. After a visit with gyn/onc, I was diagnosed with stage 1b and told I would have to have a radical hysterectomy. I would like to contact others who also share this diagnosis. I know it is very rare, so if you too were diagnosed with LCCC or SCCC, please contact me.

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  2. 2
    over 4 years ago
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    Remove ovaries or not?

    Decision Point

    I decided to have them take my ovaries too. The less things there for the cancer to return to, the less chances it would return? That was my rationalization, at least.

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  3. 3
    over 4 years ago
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    Radical hysterectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Surgery went well. Pathology revealed no cancer in anything they removed, greatly improving my prognosis. Had issues with the catheter and had it removed early, but otherwise healing went well.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Chemo was ok for me. I didn't have the energy drain that most people have. My only side effect was that I had an allergic reaction to Emend, the anti-nausea medicine. I had a queasy stomach the whole time and as a result gained about 20 lbs because I was always eating to settle my tummy.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  5. 5
    over 4 years ago
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    Finished treatment

    Celebration

    Treatment is done! Cancer is gone! Can't wait until this is gone for 5 years so I can finally go on with my life...

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