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Cancer

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Posted by: thuli134 | 2019/01/24

Q.

Cervical cancer

Hello my sister was diagnosed with cervical cancer stage 4 she is critically ill. She uses oxygen to breathe and drips to eat. The doctors in sebokeng hospital vanderbijl said we should book her into a hospice. Is it possible for her to survive stage 4 because we are not ready to lose her? 

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Cancer expert
- 2019/01/24

Dear Thuli, I am sorry to hear of your sister’s diagnosis and hearing that she is critically ill. I would advise that you have an open discussion with her treating physician and ask a direct question about what the future holds for your sister. Stage 4 Cervical Cancer is usually divided into Stage 4A when the cancer has spread to the bladder and rectum, but not to the lymph nodes or distant sites – and Stage 4B when the cancer has spread to organs outside the pelvis, such as the lungs or liver. There is quite a difference in the expected survival rate between Stage 4A and 4B. To predict survival of Stage 4 Cervical Cancer is practically impossible as each individual is unique and survival depends on various aspects such as general health of the individual, etc. (MCH).

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