My mum is in her 60s and had a routine smear in November. Just afterwards she started to experience some bleeding from her vagina and bladder. She has MS and self-cathetarises so initially it was assumed to be something to do with that but at the appointment, the doctor mentioned her smear test had come back with an abnormal result. Within days she received a letter for a Colposcopy.
They couldn’t find the cervix easily and said everything was completely swollen but took two biopsies. She was then called for an MRI within 24 hours of that appointment. The result is she has Cervical Cancer that has spread to her uterus and bladder, possibly also the lymph nodes in the groin.
My mum has been experiencing urine infections continually for about three months but this isn’t uncommon with MS so wasn’t really a warning sign. We acted immediately when the bleeding started. She has been told they will not operate at this stage but she may have radiotherapy and chemo.
When pushed the consultant gave her 50/50 chance of recovery but was very reluctant to give anything away.
I am concerned that the MS might hinder treatment and I cannot really gauge whether there is any chance of this situation being turned around.