Patient Comments: Cervical Cancer - Diagnosis

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Please discuss the tests or exams that led to a diagnosis of cervical cancer. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Lynn, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 18

My sister suffered from bleeding and back pain since January. The bleeding became very heavy in April. She finally went to see a doctor and had Pap smear test and a biopsy and was told that she has cervical cancer. She underwent chemotherapy straightaway. After 2 cycles of chemotherapy, the bleeding is still heavy. Now her white blood cell count is very low and she is scheduled for a radiation therapy this week. I am worried.

Comment from: dfg, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I was diagnosed with cervical cancer after having a hysterectomy for fibroids. It was discovered after the histology. I was invited back to see the gynecologist, she then sent me for MRI and CT scans. I still was healing from the operation so my cancer wasn't showing up clearly on the scans, it was hard to decide what was post operation swelling and healing. I was then sent for a PET scan which showed an area of active cancer cells. Unfortunately because of the operation they were unable to determine whether this was the area of residual cervix or the vaginal wall. My treatment plan has started, I am having 5.5 weeks radiotherapy daily and once weekly chemotherapy. I am bearing up well and optimistic that it will work. The only thing I would say is, the wait for scans and results are terrible I had imagined myself dying where in reality I'm only 1b/2a. Good luck to anyone going through this keep, keep positive.

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