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My mother may have Uterine cancer, If she does, she says she wants no treatment. How much time would she have left and is it a painful way to die? She is 82 and not a very good candidate for surgery because of past history with blood clots.

By Anonymous May 13, 2014 - 8:27am
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Hi Anon

Thank you for your post and I'm very sorry to learn that your mother may have uterine cancer. 

The first thing you need to establish is whether she has it or not so that you (and she) know where you/she stand(s).Otherwise you both may assume your way into a lot of stress and worry without having any medical facts. 

But if she does indeed have uterine cancer, we can help you with a few facts. 

Because there is no test yet for uterine cancer, it is often caught in the later stages and therefore sometimes terminal. But most cancers, when untreated, may end up terminal and it is her choice (as sad as you may feel) to not elect treatment. 

Cancer is painful but so is treatment and based on her history and age, she may feel more at peace with hospice that some of the very harsh treatments like chemo or radiation or surgery. 

How long she will live depends on how advanced her cancer is and her general health. 

She needs to talk to her doctor about this and if she is absolutely sure she does not want treatment, she can go on a hospice plan that includes treatments to stop her pain so that she can far more comfortably live out her life. Hospice is also wonderful for family support - something that you will all need as times like these can be really hard on everyone. 

Here are some statistics on uterine cancer:  http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/uterine-cancer/statistics

Please read our Uterine Cancer section here:  http://www.empowher.com/condition/ovarian-cancer

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May 13, 2014 - 10:21am
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