Sarah was diagnosed with cancer in August of 2013. Initially her diagnosis was endometrial cancer. However the biopsy test was inconclusive, the histopathologist was unable to obtain a definitive diagnosis due to the nature of the cells. Sarah was referred to a specialist gynaecologist surgeon and he discussed the possibility of the cancer being a lymphoma. A couple of days later she got a call from the nurse specialist to say the cancer was not a lymphoma, but perhaps it could be a germ cell tumour. Weeks passed, whilst we waited for a diagnosis so Sarah could start treatment.
At Sarah’s next appointment (5th appointment for a diagnosis) she was diagnosed with lymphoma. We were all so happy and relieved as this is a very treatable cancer. Sarah was admitted to hospital, to commence treatment, which she had an amazing response to, with a tumour in her neck impalpable after the first dose of chemotherapy. However just before Sarah was discharged from hospital, her consultant delivered more devastating news, the histopathologist remained unconvinced the cell staining was a lymphoma and he would send her biopsy to Boston, USA for further investigation. Weeks later, Sarah was called for the sixth time to get her cancer diagnosis only to be told, despite extensive testing, it was impossible to find the primary source of the cancer, and she was officially diagnosed with cancer of unknown primary.(CUP)