I am 55 years old, post-menopausal and overall in good physical health and spirit. This past January 2008 I was diagnosed with Stage 1B cervical cancer and underwent a radical hysterectomy the end of February. My recovery went well until I experienced a partial blockage of my small bowel that began with severe vomiting and resulted in severe dehydration. I felt simply awful and that experience was by far the worst part of the whole ordeal. I was hospitalized for 2 days to be re-hydrated and fortunately in doing so, the blockage corrected itself. After that complication glitch my recovery continued to progress wonderfully and am feeling fantastic! Now I am having to decide about external radiation treatments--5 times a week for 5 weeks. The pathology report following my surgery indicated that there were no malignant cells found in the margins or surrounding lymph nodes that were all removed, but there were malignant cells present in the vessels leading to the lymph nodes. The doctor who performed the surgery (a Gynologic Oncologist) is recommending radiation. The radiologist oncologist is saying I am in a \"grey area\" as to whether or not I need radiation. Both doctors are giving my 80-90% chances that the cancer will NOT return without radiation. Reading about the short term side effects and possible long term side effects to ones bowels and bladder, I am hesitant to set myself up for digestive tract issues due to radiation destroying healthy cells. Plus do I want to expose myself to 25 doses of radiation as an \"insruance\", but isn\^t completely necessary? I weigh out the fact that radiation treatment has come a long way with its technology and being able to target unhealthy cells, and I would have that \"insurance\" against reoccurance--but I am still hesitating.
Has anyone undergone radiation treatments in the past 1-2 years. How are you doing?
Thank you for any input.