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    KimG5577 asked a questionCervical Cancer

    Cervical cancer metastasized to lungs

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      Lirasgirl33

      Hi Kim. Same situation here. Inoperable metastisized to lungs. Thankfully the chemo did it's job and I've had 3 clear scans and I'm now in remission. I'm here if you'd like to chat.

      over 3 years ago
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      kss5757

      Yes, I was diagnosed with a 10cm cervical tumor that they weren't sure of how it was going to go. Mine too was inoperable. I was mortified as I am 45 being told this. I too have a tumor in my lung. Doctors treat but God heals. I went through chemo and radation for 7 weeks, then I did the internal radiation. My tumor is gone!! Do not let anyone give you a time frame on your life only God knows that. Please read the book by Joel Osteens mother. She was given 2 weeks to live and that was over 30 years ago. Tell God you are not going and keep praying as I do. Live for your life, not your death. I kept that attitude through all of my treatments. I know you will kick cancers XXX!!!

      over 3 years ago
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      We were given the "six months" speech by my mother's gynecological oncologist just yesterday. I was devastated. Her cancer spread to her brain, but that tumor was radiated and we were okay there. It's a matter of her cervical cancer acting up again, as she had a big vaginal bleed last Saturday. One doctor said "hospice" and the other said, "let's review the tests a little closer." All my friends said to get second opinions and I think it's important that we all remember that. Even doctors with the best of intentions might be limited in their own education, access to equipment, etc.

      However, if there's one thing I have seen in reading these boards, it's that even when you are told there is no option and no hope, you have to keep trying. Miracles abound. We pray for you all each night and your loved ones, as the battle is a hard fought one. Never give up hope. As Yogi Berra used to say, "It ain't over 'til it's over."

      about 3 years ago
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    Brachytherapy

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      I think you need to discuss this with your radiation oncologist. Brachytherapy does not usually require anesthesia or pain medication, so there may be some additional or different treatment you are scheduled to get at the same. time. Sorry I wasn't able to help, but there just isn't enough information or your specific situation here.

      about 4 years ago
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      Hi Kim,
      Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. There are different types of brachytherapy ( http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/radiation-side-effects/brachytherapy ) . It might be a good idea to verify with your doctor exactly which kind of brachytherapy you will receive and the process that you will undergo. I was admitted to the hospital for 2 days for my brachytherapy. I was under general anesthesia during the implant procedure. I made sure to tell the doctor prior to the procedure that I did not want to feel a thing and to knock me out completely with meds. :) Once I awoke I was attached via IV to a machine that would provide pain meds for me. I just had to push the button and the meds would pump right into me.

      The only pain I felt was from laying on my back without moving for 2 days. Also, when they removed the implant on the last day, I hadn't pumped enough pain meds into my system so I felt that. I also had really bad vomiting episodes after each session of brachytherapy. Hopefully you won't have to deal with this. If I can give you any tips I'd suggest you make sure to have your doctor give you lots of anti nausea meds to combat the nausea/vomiting. Also, use the pain meds. I didn't use them much because I have a severe sensitivity to them and it makes me extremely nauseous. If you have any other questions feel free to ask me. :) I'd say first find out which type you will receive. Ask your doc lots of questions until you are 100% clear on the procedure. Sometimes doctors explain things so quickly and with not much detail that you end up just as confused as you were before. Make sure to let them know what you don't understand and to explain things in more detail. Once you know exactly what to expect you won't be as nervous about it. :) Wishing you all the best girl. TTYS.

      about 4 years ago
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      My brachytherapy was done on an outpatient basis. I would go in early in the morning (after taking some pain medicine), they would insert everything, I'd have an MRI, and then wait for them to plan. After that I had my treatment which took like 20 minutes. Then, everything was taken out, and I was free to leave. The whole process took about 4 hours.
      My experience was a bit different than yours, so I don't really have too much advice.

      about 4 years ago
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    Such insomnia!! I'd give anything for about 6hrs of sleep.
    As if my body is an alarm clock, every 3.5hrs I'm up! This is
    day 3 since my first chemo treatment and first day I feel pain.
    Mostly horrible constipation. They tell me with the radiation, I'll
    have opposite effect soon! Just needed an outlet to vent!
    Thank you all!! Xo

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      I had the same experience, and the doc told me the same. That radiation would take me to the opposite...diarrhea. Don't wait for this.....start changing your diet as soon as possible. There are foods that can help with constipation. Some info available here: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/chemo-side-effects/constipation

      Wishing you all the best. Hugs.

      over 4 years ago
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      Pappenstance

      Hi Kim! I just responded to an earlier post of yours... on the insomnia... if your chemo includes decadron (steroid), that might be what's keeping you up? I know it did for me and it was torturous! The docs gave me a prescription for Ativan and I only take it for the first two days after chemo to keep my monkey brain quiet so I can sleep through the night. :)

      And on the constipation? Try Senecot. My nightly ritual is a pain med (Norco) and two senecot and it has been a lifesaver. Cisplatin, Zofran and Norco are all constipators. Diarrhea didn't hit me until last week (week 4 of radiation) so I finally backed off the Senecot and stopped eating dairy. :)

      Pretty soon you'll be done! Over and done with! Keep kicking a**!

      over 4 years ago
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    Thank you! You are so right in saying a lot of this
    is a mental game. I'm staying on top of my anti nausea
    meds, drinking as much water as I can and resting. Exhaustion
    seems to be my #1 issue. I was sick last week but I
    think that was all reactionary nerves to all of this. I keep
    telling myself I am okay over and over. In the middle of all the
    chemo and radiation, they are also going to be doing
    Brachytherapy as well. So much to take in, you know?
    But I'm ready and I'm strong and I'll fight this!!

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      Lirasgirl33

      One day at a time Kim, you will get through this. I am rooting for you. :) "This too shall pass". This was something I would tell myself when times got rough throughout my life. I prayed to God and told him what I wanted. I trust him and let him guide me through all of this. The sense of calm and peace of mind he has given me has been such a blessing. Often people tell me how strong I've been through all of this. I always tell them it was not by my own, God's strength kept me moving ahead. Even when I would fall...when I felt weak, tired, mentally exhausted, physically ill and unable to fight it, he picked me right up and held me in the warmth and strength of his arms and told me everything would be ok.

      over 4 years ago