I am 45 and was diagnosed with cervical cancer in late June this year. had a hysterectomy in mid July. I am doing well with the recovery and pretty much 95%back with normal activities. I went back for my first check up the first week of Aug. and was told everything was good, the cancer was contained, lymphnodes were clear. A few days later, my Dr. came back from her trip, called me and told me that the tumor board is assessing the pathology report to determine if radiation is required. She went ahead and scheduled me to see the radiology oncologist a few days later. I've learned that radiation can cause many long term side effects (damange to the bladder, bowl track, weakening of the pelvis, narrowing of the vagina, early menopause), and the benefit rate is only 50%. I was told that smaller frame people are high risk for these side effects, which I qualified. the verdict is that radiation is NOT required for my stage, but recommended since the depth of my tumor is marginal between 1B1 and 1B2 stages. I am feeling lost and scared just like the day when I was told I got cancer. I'd love to hear some thoughts/experiences from you who have gone through post surgery radiation treatment.
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