Findings underscore importance of prevention efforts
by bak54 on Mon Oct 29, 2007 12:00 AM
Hi, my name is Barbara. In September 2005 i was diagnosed through what i thought was going to be a routine hysterectomy for bleeding, i was diagnosed with cervical cancer. I was unable to be staged at the time due to the excessive bleeding. I had to have several transfusions during the surgery. Since then, i had 28 treatments of external pelvic radiation therapy, 30 hours of brachytherapy and 6 sessions of chemotherapy to include carboplatin and paxlitaxel. My last CT Scan was in July 2007 and all was stable and looked good. My cancer had already spread to my lymph nodes in the pelvic region, that's why such aggressive treatment. I've been finished with radiation therapy about 1 - 1 1/2 years now and suddenly i'm getting a lot of joint pain in my hips and down my legs. I have peripheal neuropathy from the paxlitaxel which my oncologist says it could take up to a year to go away or it may never go away.
I talked my oncologist into getting my hips x-ray to see if i have any arthritis or bone loss from the radiaiton. I have read a lot of people that had pelvic radiaiton are hip and joint problems afterward. There is another cancer website for anyone with cervical cancer. It's www.ncccc.online.com, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition. It also has a lot regarding this subject and can answer most all questions.
Has anyone ever had pelvic radiation and had long term effects from it? I also have other long term effects from it such as bowel and bladder. Please let me know, you can email me also at
by chara68 on Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:00 AM
by thebigodds on Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:00 AM
by SusanBC on Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:00 AM
I was diagnosed Feb/07 and treated Apr/May/07 for cc 11b. I don't have joint pain but I had cisplatin with the ext. and int radiation. I do have bladder pain which is fairly recent and increasing fatigue since Nov. Can you share more about your bladder and bowel complications. I am not getting any guidance from oncology or my GP other than ruling out bladder infection.
by bamaboy on Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:00 AM
by Angkesler on Thu Jul 10, 2014 12:34 AM
I was also diagnosed with colon cancer 3 years ago. I had 28 radiation treatments on my left abdominal area. I was fine for a while but the last 4 months I feel I have more joint pain in that hip. Sitting or standing too long makes it hurt non stop. I am considering getting xrays and mri of my hip to check for bone lose and cartilage deterioration from radiation. Thank you for posting so I know I'm not alone in this thought.
by Daisy4u2 on Wed Jul 23, 2014 07:13 PM
I had hip and lower back pain and stiffness for months after I finished my treatments May 2012 for Stage 2 1B Cervical Cancer... My primary Dr had a Dexa Scan ordered to see if I had fractures to my hip bones and she compared to a scan I had a few years before CC... I had a lot of bone mass lost in both hips and take Prolia shots 2xs a year for osteo... Wish you the very best...
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