I need some advice from those of your that have either experienced or been part of someone with cervical cancer. I have a relative who has been diagnosed with this cancer after having three biopsys. The results were, Stage 1, Stage 3 and Stage 5 cervical cancer. Now the background.........
She is 35 and had a couple of miscarriages. Due to some kind of problem (not cancer) she was told that she wouldn't be able to get pregnant again or carry a baby full term and it was suggested (almost 8 years ago) that she have a hysterectomy. I don't know if it was partial or full hysterectomy. Now skip forward 8 years. She has married, became pregnant and delivered a 7 lb. 4 oz. baby girl yesterday. I was told almost two months ago that she had cancer and about the three biopsies. She isn't really excited with her doctor and said that if she were to have more children that she would change to a new one BUT that she would not be having any more. When I asked about what her options were at this point she said that he told her not to worry........WHAT.........Stage 5 cancer and not worry????? She was told that 6 weeks after her delivery that she would need surgery. However, he told her that during the birth process that cancer cells can be sloughed off and replaced with good cells. What if ONE didn't slough off. This doesn't even matter now because she had to have a C-Section. Now there must be something that I don't understand here. IF she is to have surgery for a hysterectomy in 6 weeks, WHY didn't he do it when she had the C-Section? He already had her cut open, what better time? Now she has another 6 weeks of worry and another sugery and 6 more weeks of cancer!!!!! Is this approach normal? Is this cancer less aggressive?
When I was told about this I asked her to CONSIDER asking the doctor to give her medication to develop the baby's lungs as soon as possible, do a C-Section and hysterectomy at the same time.
I'm furious with the care that she's getting because it seems absurd to me BUT I'm keeping my mouth shut (except on this board). I just wondered if this type of care is normal. Would appreciate your remarks.