I completed my treatment for CC in May’15. Diagnosed with stage 1b2 in Oct’14 when I delivered my baby girl. 3 weeks later, had a radical hysterectomy. Due to positive node involvement, had 5 weeks of chemorad followed by 4 cycles of taxol/carbo to reduce risk of recurrence.
My recovery hasn’t been great and side effects are plenty. The most disturbing of all are my insomnia, mood swings and daily tension headaches which started since the start of chemotherapy. On a daily basis, I get tension headaches around the front and back of my head as well as jabbing pain intermittently. My oncologist attributed them to lack of hormones after the treatment induced menopause. So now I’m placed on HRT Estrofem 1mg but the headaches still persist. I’m wondering if anyone of you have similar experiences?
My follow up is every 3 months (bloodtest, pap smear, internal exam, ultrasound) and yearly PET/CT. The bloodtest actually causes me anxiety when I see my tumor markers rising. Currently they are still within the normal range but seeing them rise just activates my fear of recurrence. My oncologist kept reassuring me that for some of her patients, even the tumor markers rise, could be attributed to vaginal inflammation. But everyday I just keep thinking of the tumor markers and at times feel quite disturbed. Sigh. Will be great to have some support here. God bless!