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Olivia Newton-John death on August 8, 2022

Cancer | Last Active: Aug 24, 2022 | Replies (13)

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@jeanadair123

I had the same, uterus cancer in 2009. Recurrence in the vaginal cuff in 2017 and breast cancer 2009.
I had a hysterectomy and was told that they removed all the cancer and no other treatment was necessary other than follow ups. I have since spoken to other cancer patients who were advised to have brachytherapy after their surgery. This now makes sense to me and seems an excellent suggestion to prevent recurrence. In 2017 I had to have brachytherapy and radiation.
I understand your concerns I also have days where I think about cancer more how can we not, we try and live our lives the best we can and pray that we stay cancer free.

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@jeanadair123 Thank you for your note. Our cancer journeys are very similar. I thought I was so fortunate in 2019 when I was told that no other treatment was required. When the recurrence was found in the vaginal cuff just two years later the pathologist said that it's very possible something was missed on the first pathology exam after surgery. After all, all this tissue is sent to pathology and they cannot look at every single cell or square inch. It's just not possible to do that. Since there was a 5% chance of recurrence I was one of the "unlucky" ones who had the recurrence. I wish in retrospect that brachytherapy had been recommended after the initial hysterectomy but I understand why that didn't happen.

Thank you too for validating my fears. I think of cancer more days than not too and I also pray and hope that we all stay cancer free and live our lives as survivors.