Hysterectomy at 93

January 25, 2017 - 14:12

Hi,

We are currently having trouble deciding whether my 93 year old Granny should go ahead with a Hysterectomy. We are waiting on her doctor to have an interdisciplinary meeting to discuss the best course of action. She initially suggested we go ahead but did state that she hadn't performed this surgery on a woman of her age before.

My mum and I thought it might be helpful to try and get some insight from others who may have been in the same situation. Has anyone else had experience like this? I understand no one can make the decision for us, but my Granny is really relying on my Mum's input. I don't expect anyone to push us either way but would really appreciate any advice or shared experiences.

My granny was always in great health and only started slowing down in her 80's. We have already been discussing moving into a home before this diagnosis. We are just worried that she will never fully recover from the surgery, and it’s so hard to compare that to doing nothing, having already agreed that she is not strong enough for chemo.

I would really appreciate any help at all,

Thank you for reading.

January 26, 2017 - 16:29

Hi there,
At a multidisciplinary team meeting a patients treatment plans are discussed by a team of specialists. This includes the surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, pathologist and nurse specialist. They will look at the size of the tumour, the grade and if it had spread. They will also look at how the treatment and cancer will affect your Grans everyday living and her quality of life.
Generally age doesn’t have a huge baring on the decision for surgery it’s her performance status general health and the patients personal choices that are also taken into consideration. You might like to contact our Cancer Nurseline Mon - Fri 10am to 4pm at 1800 200 700

Kind regards

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