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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