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  • Hi, I am writing PREDOMINANTLY to tell the women on this forum if you have been getting frustrated or getting the run around with your Dr\^s concerning pain in the abdomen, nausea, bleeding after sex, in between periods, etc. ASK FOR A PELVIC ULTRASOUND. A pelvic ultrasound will check the general health of your reproductive system.

    After experiencing nausea, pain in the abdomen and RH back pain for only a month after my 39th birthday, I took myself off to hospital. I was told the back pain was due to kidney failure of my right kidney and I was mistakenly diagnosed as having a kidney stone. They found \"something else\" quite by accident on the CT scan which was a \"lesion ovarian in origin\" and that I should follow it up. I asked the Dr at hospital if this had anything to do with my kidney problems and I was promptly told \"No\" with a shake of the head.

    I followed it up when I left hospital and was told by my GP that I now needed to get a pelvic ultrasound. I was told by the sonographer that my ovaries seemed fine and healthy but my cervix \"looks strange, it looks... thickened\". I was then referred to a gynaecologist who couldn\^t even examine me as it was too painful and I bled over his carpet. He said he needed to have a look inside properly and booked me into hospital for a hysteroscopy and cystoscopy procedure.

    A tumour was found and suddenly, I was diagnosed with Stage III advanced Cervical Cancer that had grown to the point it had broken through the cervix wall and was pressing on my ureta (the tube that transports urine from the kidney to the bladder). This was what was causing the obstruction and giving me the kidney failure I was experiencing. Not only that, a PET scan found the cancer had spread to my liver and 2 lymph nodes under my right shoulder blade, albeit they are microscopic spots.

    But importantly: I HAD NO PREVIOUS SYMPTOMS - NOTHING! - until I was already a Stage III. I\^d just had a pap smear only a month before I got sick and it came back negative!! My tumour had sneakily grown higher up in the cervix and could not be detected by the brush of the speculum. I\^d just finished college, started working everyday, pounding it out at the gym 4/5 times a week not knowing I had early Stages I/II Cerv cancer!!

    But the good news is: I am going well regardless of late stage diagnosis - the main tumour has completely responded to treatment (chemoradiation) and has disappeared and I will be starting chemo in 4 wks time for the miniscule spots of the spread which the PET scan picked up very early.
  • 02-18 -2010
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