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My aunt has been diagnosed with uterus and abdomen cancer, doctors have confirmed the cancer but they are undertaking bone marrow test. They have not started chemotherapy and radiotherapy, I just want to know her chance of recovery.

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I am very sorry to hear your aunt is so unwell. It is always very difficult for doctors to give accurate details about the chances of recovery, because it depends on so many factors and can be different for each patient. I am not a cancer specialist, so even with all the reports to hand I would not be able to give you any further information about her condition. You would also need to have your aunt’s permission to give out information about her health, due to confidentiality issues.

To be able to get more of an idea about her health it would be much better to accompany her to appointments with the specialist, so you can ask further questions (if she wants you to). Your aunt may not want to know more details about her condition at the moment, especially if she is still in shock about the recent diagnosis. You may have to wait until she is ready to know more herself and she is ready to share that information with the family.

Answered by Dr Emmajane Down.

 

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