n South African Medical Journal - Carcinoma of the cervix - the hopeless disease : correspondence




Early in May, a friend in her late 70s here in KZN needed investigation and assessment for an abdominal cancer. She was able to access care in the private sector, and had a CT scan within 4 days; the appropriate management plan was begun in 7 days. During the same week, the home-based carers in our small hospice found a 39-year-old mother of 4 children who was in great pain at home. She was on HAART, and had been diagnosed with cancer of the cervix 7 months previously in the district hospital. She was assessed by the Oncology Unit in our tertiary hospital 4 weeks later, and put on the waiting list for radiotherapy.


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