Jun 04, 2012 - 9:12 pm
Hi I've been reading many posts on this site since my sister was diagnosed 6 weeks ago. You are all certainly an inspiration. I wish all the very best and continued good health.
I am concerned about my sister diagnosis and prognosis the more I read on many levels. My sister is 45 yrs old, prior to this in reasonable health.
She had a total hysterectomy 5 years ago when initially diagnosed with uterine cancer. I was surprised no chemo was offered but accepted this must be a good sign of confidence that Dr's believed had been caught early. However 6 weeks ago she was admitted to hospital with severe stomach pain. That was then we got the dreadful news that not only has her cancer returned, but metastases in both lungs, initially told liver, but now 'abdomen'.
My sister does not want to know anything about staging etc, which I find hard, but except purely as it is her right, and I want to support, not question or be seen to judge. However, she has been told surgery not an option, and hormone treatment (provera) has a reasonable proven record on reducing the tumours, more so than chemo. If the tumours don't respond then chemo will be offered but not considered as effective for her, which I don't understand.
I am struggling to understand why her treatment is simply hormone therapy. I can't help but see this as a negative sign, and I am worried that as she is not ready to face and question her illness, that perhaps she is not receiving the best possible treatment. Sorry if I sound negative, but I think I am so scared that we so readily accepted the fact that she did not need chemo after her surgery, and I can't help but feel that perhaps things may have been different had we been more informed then. I also feel that I need to do the 'research' for my sister as she is just going through the motions at the moment, I want to know my support is along the right lines in the longer term. It is clear from reading other post, than the level of knowledge amongst many here is superior to general sites. I would be so grateful for any honest thoughts, advice or comments regarding my sisters treatment, diagnosis or prognosis. We have lost three relatives to cancer this year, including our mum to breast cancer, I understand the strength needed to fight, and be positive, which is why I would value your opinion, that of the informed. Many Thanks in advance.