Posted by: | 2018/01/12


Diagnosed without treatment

Been diagnosed but havent been treated yet is  there a chance that my cervical cancer may become worse while waiting for treatmentbeen diagnosed with cervical cancer since August 2017 nothing has been done waiting for surgery on the 20th MARCH

Expert's Reply


Cancer expert
- 2018/01/12

Dear Anonymous

You have expressed a valid concern regarding having to wait for 7 months since diagnosis until surgery for cervical cancer. It is natural to want to have surgery as soon as possible – hearing a diagnosis of cancer can be very disturbing.

You unfortunately did not mention what your exact diagnosis was. In determining placement on the roll for surgery, certain criteria are taken into consideration. This unfortunately has to be done because the South African public health service is under tremendous strain because of the demands for services. I am convinced that your cervical cancer diagnosis is of a nature where 7 months delay in waiting for surgery will not have a major impact on the final outcome. Cervical cancer is usually very slow growing, for example from the time that cells in the cervix starts changing, it can take up to 15 years for a cervical cancer diagnosis is made. I would, however, like to advise you to make all the necessary arrangements so that you will definitely be ready and available for surgery on the 20th March. Experience has now demonstrated how full the public hospital’s surgery rolls are. Please do not let this opportunity go by without you having had your surgery. My best wishes for you ahead. (MCH).

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