Diagnosed today with Stage III/IVA cancer

Today I found out the results of my PET/CT scan that I have inoperable cancer spreading through my vagina and rectum. The doctor says it's stage III/IVA and I'll be referred to a radiologist for 7 weeks of that and also 5-6 treatments, once a week, with chemo. It seems from what I've read this is the standard treatment for this kind of staging.

I'm turning 46 this month and I had really hoped it'd be just IIB2 but...I'm still trying to accept that my odds of survival is now just 63% and that I have a long and hard road ahead of me.


Hello Kim,

 I am so sorry to read about your diagnosis. However, its a similar diagnosis (stage wise and mine was contained) in 2014 (see my notes below). 

I won't lie but it was hard, the treatment, the operations, hospital stays, plus my weight went down to the 5 stone bracket and I had to learn to walk again.

I have been given the all clear and discharged from the cancer hospital (thank you). 

What worked for me is I didn't think about being ill, I thought of coming home, being healthy, going shopping, wearing my lovely clothes, learning to walk, learning to drive (again) and taking up my old hobbies (crochet, knitting and reading).

Don't get me wrong, I worry over every ache, pain, itch and anything else and anything medical sends me into a meltdown, like some of the other ladies on here.

 I know it's easy to say but you must remain positive and be bloody minded and prove everyone wrong. You can do it.

If you want to know anything or ask, you can and myself and anyone on her can help or at least listen.

Sending you love and good vibes,

Just popping on to say that I was diagnosed with stage 4a in November 2015 x 

I had 20 session of radiotherapy,  4 chemo and 2 long sessions of brachytherapy which sounds far worse than it is.

Click on my name and go right back to the start of my posts  - I did a post and updated daily about everything! Hopefully it will put your mind at rest a little bit about what you have coming up. It's not a bed of roses but worth it for the end result x