I've recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer. About 5 weeks ago I started to bleed, which was quite a surprise as I'd had a hysterectomy 11 years ago.. they had left my cervix during the operation.
I've had CAT PET and MRI scans and finally saw the oncologist today. He said that the tumour is too big to operate on, which was the scariest bit !
He suggested an intensive course of six and a half weeks radiotherapy ( 5 days a week )and a chemotherapy treatment on one of those days each week.
He also concentrated on telling me all the awful side effects that can happen.
Although my tumour is large it doesn't seem to have spread and is not attached to my bowel. There was a little area of pelvic lymph node lit up but he said that was not to worry about.
Another worry is that my cervical smear test came back clear in November 2016 so this must be very fast growing!
I think I took on board that treatment should start within two weeks and that I need another scan to plot the position for the radiotherapy. Also if my haemoglobin level isn't high enough I'll need a transfusion.
I've just joined as I feel it might help to talk to others in a similar position.