Diabetes, Cancer, and Chemo

By murmouse Latest Reply 2012-07-16 12:41:55 -0500
Started 2012-07-13 02:19:03 -0500

About a month ago, I had surgery to remove a uterine fibroid. A week after my surgery my gyno called to tell me it was endometrial adenocarcinoma - cancer. I felt totally blindsided. This cancer rarely affects anyone under 50 and I'm only 32. My doctor had not even discussed this possibility with me because it was so remote. 2 weeks later I had a hysterectomy and only one of my ovaries could be saved. Apparently diabetes, pcos, and not having children yet was the uterine cancer tri-fecta. So this is my question…I am currently 2 weeks post-op. Blood sugar is elevated bc 1. I had to stop metformin completely, 2. I have been exercise restricted for over a month now, and 3. This has been the most stressing experience of my life. My first of six chemo treatments starts next Friday. Has anyone been through chemo and can offer me advice or even just what to expect in relation to diabetes? My oncologist said I may or may not experience bs spikes bc of the steroids. Not helpful. Also looking for home remedies for lowering bs. Currently taking 2000 mg cinnamon daily. Anybody know of anything else? Btw, i have a fantastic support system. My sweet husband has taken off of work to take care of me this past month. My parents drive 3 hours to come to every appt and my baby sister spends 2 days a week in town with me and drives up for everything - even to sit with me to wait for a phone call! Sorry I just had to brag on them a little! But seriously I know my stress levels would be way higher without them. Anyway any advice is welcome. I was finally getting to the point where I felt the diabetes was under control and then I get slapped with this. Current meds: victoza 1.8 mg and glimepiride 2 mg twice a day.

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figment84 2012-07-16 12:41:55 -0500 Report

You are not alone. I am 27 year old, type 1 diabetic with PCOS and was diagnosed last year with cervical cancer. Even though I am always in great control of my blood sugars, (A1C's are between 5.8-6.9) and generally good health (gym 4X/week, 120lbs at 5'4") these things happen. It is such a horrifying experience. Like you, I had and still have an amazing support system which is crucial to getting better. After my surgery (to remove lymph nodes, not the cervix), my blood sugars were out of control for weeks. To be honest, I was more worried about my mental health more than anything. Though I did not need to have chemo since it was such early stages as it seems you will need, I can understand how painful this must be. It does and will get better! If you need anything, questions support feel free to contact me whenever!

granniesophie 2012-07-13 09:45:55 -0500 Report

Your support system is wonderful! You should be very proud, indeed, and deserve to brag!
Yes, steroids will raise your BS, unknown how much, that depends. I had to be on them before surgery for a cervical vertabrea issue. They didn't work, but I had a ton of energy and boy, was my house clean!
And stress, will definitly raise BS. I won't tell you to stay calm, I know that you can't really, but I will tell you to lean on your support system as much as possible. They are willing to be there for you and that's great.
Keep taking your meds and trying to eat the best you can, and give the rest up to the universe or to whatever you believe in and you can get through this.
Keep us all posted. We are also here for you.

MAYS 2012-07-13 05:39:49 -0500 Report

Welcome to the family!

Let's stick with your doctors orders for now!
You really have to be very careful after any type of surgery if you have diabetes, because your body is under sone type of stress and stress elevates blood glucose levels (so does steroids and chemotherapy).


With all of the helpful advice that can, and will be given here, your best bet at this moment is your medical team, they know your medical condition(s) and medical history inside out and they can devise a plan of action to help you better than we can.
(You have our help and support in this, or any other diabetes related matter)

The key for you is maintaining your health and strength, follow your doctors orders and you should be fine, discuss any concerns that you have with them and don't do anything without their approval, you do not want to put your health at risk in any way!

Once again, "Welcome to the family!"


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