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Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian Message Board

Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian Board Index

Thanks STLouisgal for your feedback.

Today I met with the doctor who performed the cone, and unfortunately after he checked again with the pathologist, he realized that even though the depth of the invasion was only 2 mm, the size of the tumor was over the 7 mm limit which now makes the cancer a stage IB1.

He showed my husband and I pictures of the affected area, and clearly there was a lot of damaged tissue. So now only once choice remains. hysterectomy with lymph node removal (which was his original recommendation). Ovaries are repositioned so that in case there are cancer cells in the tissue that will be removed, radiotherapy can be used with as little damages as possible to the ovaries.

We asked him about the robotic surgery, and he felt it was the best choice. He has done "hundreds" of robotic surgery, and felt very confident that this was the best way forward.

I must say that my doctor has been great. He recommended that I get a 2nd opinion, spent 45 minutes to 1 hour each of the 3 times I met with him explaining everything in detail and he is very easy to talk to, so I've been lucky so far.

The other choice would be a laparascopy hysterectomy which from what i found has similar results.

Da Vinci marketing is pretty aggressive and I've read some of the cases and watched CNBC report on the company which are quite scary. On the other hand I also contacted 2 friends who had the robotic surgery and they are doing very well and their recovery time was fairly short. So since I am limited in choices at this point I think this is the best option for me.

What I don't understand is why the 2nd opinion was so much off the established guidelines. I assume that he just did not have all the information needed to make an informed decision.

The NCCN cervical cancer guidelines helped me immensely in clarifying what options I have based on my test results.

Overall I consider myself quite lucky that the cancer is at an early stage, This all happened in one year !!!. Keeping my pap smear appointment this year, probably saved my life.

The fact that I'm keeping my ovaries also is a relief.

it looks like I should be ok after the hysterectomy. But I'll have to wait for the results of the hysterectomy biopsy. I'll post additional information in the upcoming weeks.

Best to everyone

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