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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 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.

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I was told it was only a 1% chance for recurrence but that they actually got it all. Thats very interesting what you said about the pathology report? I find it hard to be so proactive, I had my surgery in Texas, we then moved back to California. I went to 3 highly rated gyno oncologists none of whom used a speculum the fourth gyno oncologist told me she would use a speculum but didn’t expect to find anything she was very surprised when she did. Had I not been so proactive I doubt I would be around now to write this.
Just make sure from now that your dr uses a speculum. Be safe.