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Hi. I am actually writing this on behalf of my sister. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer this week. I feel quite guilty as I have been along with her for the ride, loads of GP and hospital appointments and was never picked up but I knew in my gut something wasn't right and feel I should have pushed harder for her.
Her symptoms - erratic bleeding, from no bleeding at all to passing massive clots and bleeding a huge amount but blood tests were always fine. Lower back pain that comes and goes. Abdominal pain that comes and goes, like a contracting pain. Occasional nausea and feeling full very quickly.
Her journey - September was when the bleeding got really bad although things had been erratic for a couple of months before that. We got her an appointment at the local emergency doctors as it was the weekend and they referred her to a and e. They examined her, took swabs etc etc but no smear test. She was sent home. Couple of weeks later back to the hospital again. They asked her if she had pain or bleeding afetr sex which she didn't. Her smear was still not due for a couple of months so again was left at that and sent home with transhemic acid for the bleeding. They did an ultrasound which found a small cyst and they put everything down to that, even though she was getting pain on the other side to the cyst. Eventually got seen by gynaecology outpatient team in January who just so happened to do her smear, thankfully she was not bleeding that day so they could do it. Came back as severely abnormal cells, seen in colposcopy who said eveything looked fine but did a biopsy 'just in case' thank goodness they did as that's when it came back as cancerous.
They are thinking they have caught it early, in fact stage 1b going by the biopsy but will not know for certain until she has her scans. The general plan now is hysterectomy with or without radiotherapy, again, depending on scan results.
I guess my question is, are all the symptoms she is having 'normal' for such an early stage of cancer?
Thanks so much for reading, any input greatly appreciated
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