So I'm having a flip of what one might expect... I'm 48, had been skipping more and more periods while also having uncharacteristically heavy flow when I did get them, for the past couple of years. Was diagnosed with sigmoid CRC in May, and at that time hadn't had my period for maybe 6 or 7 months. Had a resection done May 9, and they also removed a 5cm uterine fibroid while they were in there. The inflammation was also close to my uterus and they thought I might need a hysterectomy based on the CT scan, but the uterus was not compromised so I kept all my girly parts.
Started FOLFOX a week and a half ago, and lo and behold, today I got my period. Ugh. Fortunately it seems back to the old normal for me, and not a crazy amount of blood. They warned me that I might see some changes because of the fibroid removal, so this isn't a huge surprise, but the blood loss still makes me nervous. I'm in the US so most of the chemo staff are on holiday today. I didn't ask about menstrual cycle impacts, and I'm concerned about the implications for my anemia problems... ladies, does the chemo just happen when it happens, or does timing matter for this? I'm actually getting my 2nd treatment delayed a week because of a long-planned family vacation that only happens every other year, which I didn't want to miss. So my next chemo treatment isn't until late next week.
I'll call the oncologist tomorrow just to check in about this, but I'd appreciate hearing others' experiences. Thanks!!
DX: sigmoid colon cancer 5/2018. 48 F
laparoscopic sigmoid resection (24 cm removed); no stoma.
7.5cm adenocarcinoma -- mod. diff.
1 noncontiguous tumor deposit removed; 0/31 lymph nodes
T3 pN1c M0
5/18 before surgery, CEA 11.2
6/18 began FOLFOX
7/18: CEA 1.9; added neulasta post infusion
9/18: CEA 2.8
10/18: 25% chemo reduction
11/18: CEA 1.8