A friend of a friend writes:
I was recently diagnosed with stage III endometrial cancer. Although my doctors are all extremely competent (a top-shelf cancer center), it is disappointing to discover that they do not always have crisp answers and the tests are far from accurate. I had no symptoms until recently and pre-surgery tests indicated I had pre-cancerous cells at worst. It wasn’t until surgery that they discovered “extensive” cancer in my uterus which has spread to the lymph nodes.
We now have a plan which seems to be pretty standard (Radiation and Chemotherapy), and my doctors discuss treatment as though they aim to eliminate the cancer entirely. But stage III doesn’t always have a happy ending and I want to make sure that I do everything in my control to effect the best possible outcome.
Any suggestions for e-patient resources? Best places to learn about the condition and treatment options? A good patient community?