Hi, I^m in my 40s and had a radical course of radiation for cervical adenocarcenoma stage 1b. The doctors felt that it was just over the borderline of being too late for surgery, so I had 30 treatements, external beam and 5 internal brachytherapy. THat^s where you have a metal piece but up into the uterus and it takes 2 to 3 hours to be positioned correctly by CT scan. Not the most fun in the world! But I am here, and I am doing well. It^s been a year and a half since treatment and I^m feeling great and fetting good checkups.
I want to comment to Brittany, who is alone at college going through this. I want to tell you that I was terrified when I was diagnosed. It is a common thing, the fear, and the wondering if you^re going to make it. It sounds as if yours is not nearly as far along as mine was, which is good. It mens that the chances of you getting through it without problems is very high. I had adenocarinoma, which starts on glands in the uterus, up the cervical canal. That means it can^t be treated by a leep or cryotherapy or anything that treats the surface of the cervix. I^m so glad it was caught when it was, and did not get any further along. It sound to me like your treatment will come in good time. You were right to go in and be tested. Keep an eye on it, and even after your treatment keep an eye on it. Treatment as early as possible is the key to successful recovery. And try not to let your fear run you. It^s natural to be scared, but you can get through this, and I know you will. Dealing with it and getting it looked after is the best thiing you can do, scared or not. It would be nice if you could have a friend that you could confide in. It really helps. I had radiation, which scared the bejeezus out of me, because i^d heard horror stories about radiation. In reality, it was manageable because I did vizualizations of protective healinglight around me when having treatments. It seemed to work. I really pulled out of it. I did all kinds of thiings to help my self, and it was worth it. I^d say, be positive - your chances are excellent. And talk to someone. Even me , or anyone else on this forum. YOu^re young, you^ll be fine. You^re taking care of it now, not later, so that^s great. Good luck! Sincerely, TheaC