February 24, 2005
I wanted to share the story of my 23 year old sister and her battle with neuroendocrine small cell cervical cancer. In 2003 she had a
abnormal pap test so the doctor decided to do a biopsy which came back
negative for cancer. In Feb 2004 she found out she was pregnant and went for a OBGYN visit and had another abnormal pap, this time it showed cancerous cells. They decided to refer her to a specialist at UVA medical center, the next day she had a CAT Scan which revealed there was a 2cm tumor on her cervix. The doctor wanted to do a hysterectomy which would mean she would have to terminate her pregnancy. On Mar 5, 2004 she had a radical hyterectomy with 52 lymph nodes removed all tested negative for cancer it was determined she was in stage 1B1. Because of the aggresiveness of this cancer the doctor gave her 6 months of Cisplatin/Etoposide. We all thought that after she completed her treatments she would be cancer free, we were wrong, in August 04 her cancer was back (this time on the liver and pelvis), less than 30 days after completing her initial chemo. Needless to say we were devastated, she began chemo again almost immediately and over the next several months she had a combination of 7 additional chemo drugs(Etoposide, Ifosfamide, Topetecan, Toxal, Adrimiacin, Vincristine, and Cyclophasfamide). Nothing worked, her cancer continued to spread we were told on 14 Jan 05 that her liver was covered and there was little else that they could do, Hospice came of 1/25/05 and she passed away on 1/26/05. Leaving behind a 5 year old daughter and fiance. While my sister^s survival was for just 10 months she is absolutely the bravest person I know or will ever know. No one should have to go through everything that she did. My heart goes out to all of you.