I'm posting to see if I can get some help in understanding & also if anyone has had similar experiences.
My mum has been diagnosed with stage 4a cervical cancer. She had CIN3 in the 90's, and had a vaginal hysterectomy in '02 to stop the abnormal smears. She never had any smears cervical or vault, post hysterectomy.
1 doctor said its cervical & another said vaginal cancer, I'm very confused.
They have said that it is invading the bladder and that the vaginal mass is affecting the kidney.
They thought that she had a Pulmonary Embolism about 12 days ago, and put her on a course of fragmin to reduce it, (turns out they now don't think there was a blood clot) however this has caused her bleeding to be more severe, with clots.
They have said that the course of action will be to give her a kidney stent to protect her kidney and a bladder diversion/bag during treatment, as if they don't do the bag, when they shrink the tumour it will cause other difficulty's.
Her treatment will be chemo radiation, length & amount as yet is unknown.
She has been told that the aim is to get rid of the cancer, but the surgery planned seems more palliative than treatment?
Mums out look on the situation is positive, "I'm going to fight this". My dad and brother are very supportive, as am I. I guess I just want to know as much information as possible, please be as honest as you can as I would like to know what she is facing & how we can help her.
Thanks in advance