Not a good day today.
Received a call from the hospital this morning asking me to go for an Examination Under Anaesthetic (EUA) on Friday and pre-surgery tests tomorrow. Unfortunately, the receptionist was super efficient and rang before my specialist nurse had contacted me to tell me what the MDT had discussed with respect to my MRI results so I had a tense hour or so wait until she called me.
Turns out that the MRI shows that I do have more lesions in my cervix but I’m still 1B1. They can’t see anything extending beyond the cervix and although I d have some enlarged pelvic lymph nodes, they can’t see anything there that causes them great concern at this point although they obviously won’t know for sure until they are removed and biopsied. Assuming that still happens.
The issue is that the lesion is close to the front edge of the cervix, which is the side where the bladder is. There is a concern that they might not be able to get a clear enough margin if they go ahead with the radical hysterectomy on 4 Dec as planned. If it’s too tight they’ll cancel surgery and treat me with radio/chemo instead. They want to have a proper rummage about and see what’s what, hence the EUA. Apparently they’ll tell me the treatment plan when I come round on Friday.
I keep telling myself that each step is a step towards recovery, but right now it seems like each time I think I understand where I am, another uncertainty comes along. I guess that’s just the way a complex diagnosis process works but it certainly doesn’t make things any easier, does it?