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life expectancy for stage III uterine cancer

By Anonymous June 8, 2010 - 1:21pm
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I had a hysterectomy in December owing to uterine cancer, and was told that I was stage III. Having done some research on my particular situation, wherein my type of cancer was not very responsive to chemotherapy or hormone therapy, I declined further treatment. My doctor told me that I would probably die within 2 years. What I want to know is, are there actual statistics on this, and what should I expect to experience in terms of spreading, symptoms, etc.? I'd like to know, for example, how to recognize "the beginning of the end." I'm OK with this - I just want a better roadmap so that I can plan the rest of my life. I recognize that this is not an exact science, but I can't seem to find anything on the Internet that addresses this issue. I'd really appreciate some information if you could provide it.

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A friend of mine has been dx with endometrial cancer, stage 3. She had a pap in March 2016; it came back clean. Now, just a few months later, she is dx with stage 3. Can it happen that quickly?

September 1, 2016 - 10:43am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon!

Pap tests test for cervical cancer. Sometimes they will pick up other abnormal cells or findings but not always so this must have been the case with her. Endometrial cancer is usually diagnosed via scans/biopsies.

I wish your friend the best.


September 1, 2016 - 2:11pm
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dont give up do your research there is so much natural cures and many have to be used together to fight from all sides.

June 20, 2016 - 1:18pm

Hi Jacki,
I wonder if you've investigated any of the many integrative/complimentary/alternative therapies that exist? One that comes to mind is the Gerson Therapy that has had quite a healthy track record (since 1920) utilizing whole foods to reverse cancer: http://www.gerson.org/ .
Also, there are many common foods that are believed to reduce the growth of blood vessels that carry food to tumors and cancerous cells. See this recent article published online by Dr. Mercola: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/06/08/dramatically-effective-new-natural-way-to-starve-cancer-and-obesity.aspx .
Finally, there is a quiet little mineral supplement you may wish to investigate, for its power to safely remove toxins at the cellular level (like chelation, only without the I.V.). It has profound results for many people, regardless of their illness, because once the body is rid of toxins and toxic cellular waste, it has a greater ability to work at healing itself: (Link to commercial product site removed by EmpowHER moderator.)

I respect your bravery to face your prognosis head on, but I also believe deeply in the body's ability to heal itself, given the proper internal environment. I am not a medical professional, but I work with people's diets to help them eat foods that build immunity and heal. I hear stories every day of people who long outlived the time frame they were handed, because they refused to accept it as their fate and who improved the quality of their time by utilizing a chemical free, healthy diet. I look forward to hearing more of your story!!

June 10, 2010 - 3:05pm
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Anonymous (reply to The Holistic Kitchen)

thank you so much for your advice - i would really like to know more about the mineral supplement you mentioned, since the name was removed (for reasons i certainly understand). i am already a vegetarian and eating as organically as possible in today's world, but would be happy to learn more.

thanks again for taking the time to write and for the links you provided.

best, jacki

June 11, 2010 - 5:24am
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Hi Jacki,
I too hope you will consider becoming a member to enjoy all the benefits and support that EmpowHer offers, but if you choose not to, you can click on the green steaming pot to see my profile. You'll find a link to my website there and a contact page, if you wish to contact me privately.
With healthy regards,
Nancy Banner
The Holistic Kitchen

June 11, 2010 - 8:52am
HERWriter Guide

Hi Jacki - Quite honestly, I doubt very much that your surgeon was trying to scare you. It's her legal and moral responsibility to give you the information that you need, and she was giving you her professional opinion.

When you go online and look at information about cancer survival you will often see referrals to a "five-year" survival rate because that's a standard often used as a measurement in clinical trials and therefore reported in journals.

I'm glad that you found the information helpful. There is another resource that may also be of interest to you since information on uterine cancer is hard to find. The American Society of Clinical Oncology offers a lot of information on both their professional website and a separate one for consumers. The clinical site has the most current treatment data, including clinical trial information. http://www.asco.org/

The patient site http://www.cancer.net/ has a wealth of information such as more precise information on cancers http://www.cancer.net/patient/Cancer+Types/Uterine+Cancer
and coping http://www.cancer.net/patient/Coping
and end of life care http://www.cancer.net/patient/Coping/End-of-Life+Care

The end of life section has good information on the legal steps you need to take to ensure that your wishes will be met.

I'm glad you're going back to talk to your surgeon again. If you don't mind a suggestion, I would prepare questions in advance to be sure you get the information you want and I would also take along a friend to take notes. It can be very, very hard to absorb what's being said while also thinking ahead about what you want to ask, and having a friend along to help out can make a major difference.

The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, a non-profit group, operates a Women's Cancer Network support group that may interest you. http://www.wcn.org/

I hope you're not overloaded now, but I know that one piece of information often leads to wanting more information and I wanted you to have some good resources for your journey. I hope you'll check in from time to time and let us know how you're doing.

Take care, Pat

June 9, 2010 - 6:14pm
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Anonymous (reply to Pat Elliott)

i'm overwhelmed by your generosity and kindness, pat! you are an amazing wealth of information!

i'll look at all the sites you mention, and hope to get more information from my surgeon. and don't worry about overload - it takes a lot to get there! i'm a scientist and thrive on data!

all the best, and many thanks again.


June 11, 2010 - 7:51am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Jacki - You're very welcome. If you join the site as a member you will be able to communicate privately with other members, such as Holistic Kitchen and other women who've had cancer, through the site email system while also protecting your identity. Hope you will consider doing this. Pat

June 11, 2010 - 4:00pm
HERWriter Guide

Anon - Thank you for writing and seeking information. I too have cancer, and I prefer to have straight facts and information in order to make the best decisions. Navigating the Internet for information can be very confusing and frustrating, and I'm happy to help you.

For those who aren't familiar with this, uterine cancer is cancer in the womb, the hollow, pear-shaped organ where a baby grows during a woman's pregnancy. There are two different types of uterine cancers: endometrial cancer and uterine sarcomas.

LIVESTRONG provides the following information on the last two stages of uterine cancer:

Stage III uterine cancer means the cancer has spread beyond the uterus but still remains in the pelvis, according to the National Cancer Institute. The cancer may have spread to lymph nodes in the pelvis but not to lymph nodes elsewhere in the body. Additionally, the cancer also has not spread to the rectum or the bladder. The American Cancer Society adds that the cancer may have spread to the fallopian tubes, the ovaries or the vagina. Uterine cancer in this stage has a five-year survival rate between 47 and 58 percent.

Stage IV

Stage IV is the most advanced stage of uterine cancer. In stage IV cancer of the uterus, the cancer is growing inside the bladder and/or the rectum and has invaded other organs of the body, such as the intestines, bones or lungs; it may also have spread to lymph nodes outside the pelvis. When uterine cancer has advanced to stage IV, it becomes difficult to treat and has a five-year survival rate of less than 20 percent.

You can read more at http://www.livestrong.com/article/109438-stages-uterine-cancer/#ixzz0qJL32p3l

Your question on life expectancy is more difficult to answer because the answer depends on how far the cancer has progressed, your age, your overall health, and other factors. Your physician is really in the best position to provide an estimate for you. If you have reason to question the information he gave you then you could seek a second opinion from another oncologist.

There are reports on clinical trials that provide data on survival lengths during clinical trials but that data isn't relevant to your situation.

You might find support groups will provide some of the type of information you're seeking. They can be hard to find and it may take some research to find one that you're comfortable with. Here's one you may want to try, the members seem to be very supportive of each other. http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Uterine-Cancer/support-group

There is a branch of medicine that assists people in dealing with end of life planning, care and issues. It's called palliative care and the physicians are palliative doctors.

Compassionate palliative care succeeds best when there's a team approach. The team usually includes the palliative doctor, nurses and other professionals, and they:

* Prescribe treatments to control pain and other uncomfortable symptoms.
* Assist with difficult medical decisions, helping you weigh the pros and cons of various treatments.
* Coordinate care with your other doctors and help you navigate the often-confusing health care system.
* Guide you in making a plan for living well during this time, based on your needs, concerns and goals for care.
* Help you and your loved ones find emotional and spiritual support.

You can learn more about this type of care here:

You can search for a palliative physician here:

Palliative physicians work very closely with hospice services, so you may also want to contact a local hospice provider to see if they can assist you.

I want to honor your request for information on the stages you will go through. It really is your decision on exactly how far you want to take this. Here is a link on the processes the body goes through when dying from cancer. If you don't feel ready to read this at this time you don't need to, but you will have it. http://www.livestrong.com/article/18037-expect-last-stages-cancer/

You probably will have more questions, no problem, just write back. I'd like to help you as much as possible as you go through this. Please let me know if this information has helped you and any other thoughts that this may bring up.

Take care, Pat

June 8, 2010 - 5:53pm
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