• Just not sure what to expect....

    Asked by kathyd on Monday, October 17, 2011

    Just not sure what to expect....

    I was just diagnosed 3 days ago with Cervical Cancer...my obgyn annouced it as she was examining me, told me it was too advanced for hysterectomy, took a tissue sample and had already called the oncologist almost before I had left her office. The oncologist called me the next day, scheduled an appt for the next day (his surgery day) all before Toxology had even come back yet! Talk about the speed of light...I am still spinning, I don't know what to think....
    My first appt with oncologist is tomorrow and to say I am nervous is an understatement....I have no ideawhat to expect...I have been trying to educate myself on the cancer website....but if anyone has already started or completed the Cervical journey and wants to share their experience...please do so...

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • mspinkladybug's Avatar

      BREATH..... DO NOT go to the appointment ALONE take a person with you to ask questions.
      AVOID websits they will only scare the XXX out of you more!
      when it comes to cancer we DO NOT get the chance to check out and do research on the dr our dr just makes an appointment with an onc who is the their"group"
      I hated this and I did not go with "their" dr
      do some research on different Dr and cancer centers in your area of out of state what ever you want.
      This is YOUR body and YOUR disease the dr you use should be one YOU like.
      The onc my dr wanted me to see had a crappy survival rate had the bedside manner of a porcupine gave no hope I honestly felt once he saw how much my insurance was going to cover that he lit up OMG the test that they wanted to order and scheduled me for.
      So go see this dr take notes some onc will scare you i was told I would die if I did not use this dr that is what made me run like XXX. but anyway take notes breath then do research..
      just from reading what you said i would get another option and I would look at different onc... good luck and keep us posted

      about 5 years ago
    • stillkickin's Avatar

      One really important thing that you will need is HOPE. A new diagnosis is overwhelming, devastating and frightening. Give yourself a little time to move past the worst of that. Remember that doctors don't know everything. My own oncologist gave me 6 months to live, and here I am a year and a half later doing well and celebrating every day. Through all of it, though you have got to hold on to hope. On this site you'll find lots of folks to uplift and inspire you, and to help build that hope. Remember... miracles DO happen all the time!

      about 5 years ago
    • mrsvgz's Avatar

      Sounds like my whirlwind experience. Once the diagnoses came...I was in radiation and chemo that same week! Now, 3 1/2 weeks into it, it's all starting to emotionally hit me. My saving grace has been excellent support from family, friends, and my faith in God. Sometimes, I find myself tearing up and feeling like I'm losing control of me. Those are the hardest moments. Even harder than the side effects. It's really important that you have your loved ones supporting you. It's always nice when they just take my hand, or let me lay my head on their shoulder. Those small gestures really are big things for me. The fatigue is another thing I'm having to adjust to. I'm a go-getter. Well, I was. This has slowed me down quiet a bit. I still find myself pushing...sometimes to much. I'm having to learn what's worth pushing for and what isn't. I don't think I'm taking baby steps yet, I'm still crawling. But baby steps is my next goal...then walking, and better still - running!! I may have cancer...but I refuse to let cancer have me!! Good luck to us all :)

      almost 5 years ago
    • weezyschannel's Avatar

      I noticed this post was a while ago and was wondering how you were doing. I wrote a story on my bout with cervical cancer and if anyone would like to read it, it may help someone with some answers or encouragement. My story is available for reading at www.mystoryofcancer.com

      good luck to all of you!

      over 4 years ago
    • Tracey's Avatar

      My wife is exactly in ur shoes! She was diagnosed about 3 weeks ago! Got the scan reports last week! Got called in and I was the only 1 that attended! Dr. said there wasn't much hope! Met with Oncologist 2 days ago and he is getting a new set of tests for himself...scan in his office that same day, petscan yesterday and we're set up for a MRI on Tuesday! We meet with the radiation doctor that will be treating her starting on Aug. 13th again on the 6th! He also has decided to treat her with drug therapy thru an associate of his! I like his approach....getting his own scans and doing both drug and radiation together to fight this! Was told it is very aggressive so I figure we have to attack it aggressively! Don't know any dosages yet but the radiation will be 5 days a week for 15 minutes! Will meet wth the drug (Chemo) doctor on Tuesday to find out what he's doing! Am I doing right and is there something I else I should be doing or need to know!

      about 4 years ago
    • zippymaus' Avatar

      Don't be scared. I just went through this with my mother, only she wasn't lucky enough to have a everyone jump on treating her - instead it took entirely too long, imo, to get her the treatments started. She is on chemo once a week (Cisplatin) and radiation five days a week for 20 minutes. Everyone's treatment is different. Everyone's journey is different and everyone's results are different. Make sure you have someone with you, as was suggested here, so you don't forget to ask questions and fully understand the assessment and suggestions. Your mind will be full of a lot of questions and concerns and you don't want those distracting you from the information you need to know. More than anything, know that there are many survivors of this cancer out there and you will most likely be one of them. It is a journey no one should have to take, but you have been diagnosed and will begin receiving care for the condition soon. The radiation, so far, for my mother hasn't been painful or anything. The chemo has left her tired but we're early in the journey there so I'm sure there will be more to come. More than anything, know that you are not alone. You have support here and I'm sure in your life. Don't be afraid to ask questions or for help. I found out quickly that the more I talked about what was happening, which is the opposite of what our family normally does, the more tips and support I got from others who had similar situations in their own lives. It's amazing how many people out there have been on this journey and want to share what they can to help.

      about 4 years ago

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