Usually I am an active reader in the forums and I never comment but this time I have to do an exception and share my story hoping that at least one of us suffering with cancer can benefit from it.
Last year in spring I was diagnosed with recurrent cervical cancer. After initial diagnosis and hysterectomy fallowed by radiotherapy in 2010 for stage 1B cervical carcinoma I received the news that the cancer came back to my pelvic wall. The tumour was unrespectable due to its size and it also invaded iliac bone and I was offered only palliative chemotherapy with hope to slow it down and control for longer. Together with chemo (Taxol/Carbo) my doctor added Avastin. They couldn't do more radiotherapy because the tumour was in the same area where it was given the first time. Oviously hearing that the chemo is only for palliative purposes I started to search for hope that I still can be cured. Unfortunately I found so little encouraging stories about cervical cancer recurrence. But then one day I found a website about Carbon Ion therapy. It is kind of radiotherapy but with carbon ions. Because it’s 2-3 times stronger than conventional radiotherapy it can be given only directly to the tumour. It can be shaped according to the size and shape of it and can be applied to the previously radiated areas. It is fairly new treatment and not very popular because of the cost involved. Only 5 centres in the world have the machines with many more planed to be open in the near future. I contacted them and within few weeks I was told that I can come. After being used to the time scales here in UK I was amazed by their speed. Anyway in October I went to Japan for a month and received the radiotherapy. Just a week ago I had first scan to see how it worked, and the results exceeded everyone’s expectations. The tumour I had now appears to be inactive! I can not describe how that feels to hear. Next scan will be in 3 months and I really hope that it will be the same good news. So all I wanted to tell other ladies who are going through similar hard and sometimes desperate times that always have faith, no matter how dark and hopeless things might seem. While we are alive and breathing we always have a chance.