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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