brand new to this site. i was diagnosed with invasive squamous cell carcinoma on 1/3/14. oops, sorry will use the EU date writing format, 3/1/14. PET scan on 8/1/14. staged initially at a IB. i then saw 2 of the best gyno oncologist surgeons in my city, and they each looked at my data and said i'm more like a II B. One said closer to a III, as he believes there is some spread starting. neither gyno oncological surgeon will take the risk of operating on me.
i've never been this scared in my life. i don't want to burden my friends and family with it all the time, although I have some good supports. i guess i want to know what to expect from the 6 weeks of daily external beam radiation , weekly chemo (cisplatin, given as a booster, so 1/2 the usual dosage), and towards the end (and the scariest sounding part of all), the brachytherapy with the Iridium isotope high dose radiation.
what are the honest side effects? should i look at taking short term leave from work, or take it as it comes? can i be around others during radiation (some people have told me that its best to not be around pregnant women- is this true?). also, can i start taking estrogen during the tx to help with the instant menopause i will experience, or do i have to wait?
i'm so scared. because i have no idea what to expect. and i never get scared re: my health, as i've always been healthy. i'm 36 years old.
any experience with the external beam/ chemo/ brachy therapy would be most beneficial. thanks much, and God bless. do know that by helping me, you are being of great service, and itis extremely helpful to me to share the good, the bad, and overall, the truth. thanks again.
love and light,