BiographySingle mother of 2 special needs teenagers. I was diagnosed with Primary Squamous Vaginal Cancer, Stage II in December 2007. I had no symptoms, this was found during a pelvic exam after my PAP came back abnormal which meant further testing. I went through concurrent chem/rads. I had 5 weeks of external rads along with 5 weeks of once weekly Cisplatin. I then had internal rad therapy with the SYED a month later. All was going well until this past Dec. and more testing to see if cancer was still there. Unfortunately recently out that I still have residual/recurrent cancer cells in same spot. Good news is it is still localized all other testing PET/CT, Chest Xray, and exam under anasthesia reveal no mets. I am a candidate for the Cyberknife and will start that soon, I find out 1/29/09 when this will happen. Have been given good news about this Cyberknife and it has a high success rate. Seems I'm always updating this! First line of treatment...failed me, 2nd line of treatment....failed me, 3rd treatment Total Pelvic Exenteration......failed me, now I am going to start chemo (Topotecan) on December 9, once a week for 3 weeks, one week off, repeat for 6 cycles. This sucker is still localized, praying hard this does the trick.