Cervical cancer patient stories
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Stories from cervical cancer patients
Helping more people survive cancer is the aim of everything we do. Read stories from women who have been affected by cervical cancer, and how research has made a difference to them.
Becoming body aware
Sarah was diagnosed with cervical cancer in November 2016, after results from a routine cervical screening test came back abnormal. She had surgery, and because her cancer had been picked up at the earliest stage, she didn't need any further treatment. “I’ve become much more aware of my own body and the importance of seeking advice if something’s not right. It’s hugely important for me to set a good example to my daughter Maisie – I want her to get into good habits for the rest of her life.”
Taking part in a trial
Tara was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2015 and took part in the Cancer Research UK trial INTERLACE, which she was initially apprehensive about. “For me, the words clinical trial meant doom and gloom but I got it completely wrong. But I was given a choice to do a trial and my clinical nurse Wendy was fantastic at explaining it to me. Now I really want to raise awareness about clinical trials as I loved being a part of one. My oncology team were amazing and I felt very privileged to know that I was part of ground-breaking research.
"It could save your life"
Sophie was diagnosed with cervical cancer in February 2017 and was treated with radiotherapy and a drug called cisplatin, which Cancer Research UK scientists developed. She hadn’t been to a cervical screening appointment (‘smear test’) for about ten years and wants to encourage women who don’t take part to find out more about having the test and how any abnormal changes can be treated, stopping the disease before it starts. She lives in Huddersfield with her husband Elliott and their daughter Effie Rose.
"The test only takes five minutes but it could save your life. I’ve been encouraging all my female friends to attend their smear tests and two of them have now had abnormal changes found.”