Yesterday I was told by my gynecologist that she found cancerous cells in my cervix and that I need to get further testing to determine the staging. I either will be getting an MRI or a cone biopsy. I spoke to two different doctors and both of them gave me different information..which is very confusing.
At the same time as my pap smear, I was also given an ultrasound, and everything was clear. I also asked my doctor if I have a tumor and she told me I did not. She told me out of the sampling that she took, it appears to be in stage 0 (the cells are on the surface) but she cannot be sure without a cone biopsy. I am worried that she really can't tell from the sample that she took and she just said that because she wasn't sure. She said she is also concerned that it has reached my lymph nodes because I have adenocarcinoma cells and that it tends to spread quickly. I asked her if I got all of the tissue removed, if I would be okay, and she told me that the cancer can still come back. She appeared to be very pessimistic about my treatment. Should I be concerned? I cannot help but think that ths cancer is spreading everywhere after what she has said. I have my MRI/cone biopsy? in a few days. I am so scared. I have some back pain, but I also have had back pain for years due to a herniated disc, so maybe the fear and stress of being told this yesterday is just causing my body to ache. Is that normal? Is that a sign that it has spread?
If she says I do not have a tumor, does that mean I am still in an early stage? Is it possibly for her to know that through the ultra sound and the sample that she took? Is the recurrency rate high for cervical cancer? Is it treatable? I would really appreciate having someone to talk to. I do not have many friends in family in Japan since I just came here a few months ago. I am trying to remain strong. I want to fight this.
Thank you for taking your time to read this. Wishing everyone good luck.