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    Hi Marianne,

    My daughter at the time was an oncology nurse at a very good hospital in the area. I told her about my very slight bleeding and she wouldn't leave me alone until I made an appointment to get it checked out. I credit her with saving my life basically. Unfortunately she had to leave her hospital job because it became too stressful for her to see what was happening to me and work with very very ill cancer patients at the same time. Thankfully for her she found a much better job, she still works in oncology but now does home infusion with a top university hospital. She is my angel.

    Actually looking at your treatment, you might be in a better place health-wise. I am still having major acute inflammation internally from the radiation, such as bleeding, which we know is a symptom. Which sends me into a panic each time I have an episode of it.

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    Celebration (Remission): I have been in remission for 17 months now, and after the two year mark for this cancer I plan to celebrate well!!!!! I am still going in every three months for blood work and pap smears until the 2 year mark, then can go every six months until 5 years

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    Drug or Chemo Therapy (Chemotherapy): I had two chemo drugs, carboplatin and taxol. I had three doses three weeks apart. I had them in the outpatient area of the hospital. Due to the pre-drugs I was given I was extremely lucky not to have nausea. I did experience bowel issues and had neuropathy, which has not totally cleared up. I believe each treatment lasted about 4 hours.

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    Radiation (Internal radiation): Due to the aggressiveness of this cancer it was determined I would be best to have both chemo and radiation. I went for radiation first, and had brachytherapy (internal high dose) radiation consisting of 10 minutes of treatment with radiation for the first treatment. I had two more doses, the second one for ten minutes and the third one for 11. I went every other week between my chemotherapy treatments. The treatments were finished March 2011 and I still have active irritation which gets worse after each exam I have at the doctors office and after using a dilator.. As I alternated between radiation and chemotherapy my white blood cell count, platelets and red blood cell counts dropped dramatically and I did have blood transfusions. I was too weak. The transfusions definitely helped but were painful. I don't tolerate cold well, I think that was why I felt I was in so much pain.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery): I was diagnosed with high grade (3) uterine papillary serous carcinoma and had surgery 12/10. I was in the hospital over the New Years holiday, 4 day hospitalization. Prior to surgery I had to have a complete PET scan and other tests. Surgery consisted of removal of the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, multiple abdominal lymph nodes and salpingo-oophorectomy. Thankfully after the biopsy of everything removed I was diagnosed at stage 1. This is a rare and more aggressive cancer with lower survival rate so the stage 1 diagnosis was a blessing.