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Cancer Patient: Advice To Other Women

Cancer Patient: Advice To Other Women
Cancer Patient Susan Plaats with her husband William Plaats. Photo: Susan Plaats
October 25
11:00 2017

A 59-year-old woman who is in her last stage of cervical cancer is calling on other women to continue with the treatment despite whatever stage they are in.

Susan Plaats, who was diagnosed on January 25, 2004, had stomach pain and the symptom she had was severe bleeding.

The mother of five said she nearly fainted from the bleeding.

The next day she went to see a doctor at Lautoka Hospital.

She said the doctor then recommended her to see a gynecologist who treats medical conditions, and conditions that affect women and female reproductive organs.

“On the same day I was admitted and all kinds of tests were carried out,” Mrs Plaats said.

The following day she was taken to the theatre for a biopsy test and it took her the whole day.

“I was not informed by the doctor about the cervical cancer and he only informed my husband,” she said

She said the doctor told them that they couldn’t treat the cancer in Fiji because they don’t have the equipment.

“I was given some medicine to stop the bleeding.

“Late March 2004 I had to go to the Royal Women’s Centre Hospital in Sydney, Australia, for treatment, and I was accompanied by my husband and my daughter.

“We spent three months in Australia before returning to Fiji in June,” she said.


The types of treatment she underwent in Australia included:

             Internal and external radiation and

             Chemotherapy


The doctor in Sydney told her that the cancer she got was between her bladder and uterus.

“The cost for my treatment was AUS $45,000.

“This is excluding the accommodation and meals,” she said.

From 2005 to 2010 she had to go back to Australia for radiation and chemotherapy treatment once a year and she stopped her treatment in 2010 because of the high cost.

“I went back to Australia and brought my medical folder and gave it to the doctors at the Lautoka Hospital,” Mrs Plaats said.

She said the time she heard about cancer she was shocked and all the time she went to her room and cried because she couldn’t believe it, and couldn’t bear the pain.

“It was a very hard time for me.

“I have an excellent husband who was always there for me despite his busy work schedule,” she said

The grandmother of four advises all women if you have a similar kind of stomach pain please immediately seek medical help.

She said we all can fight cancer but keep on visiting the doctor if you have the sickness.

A few years ago she decided to occupy her mind with some work so that she can stop thinking of cancer.

“So I decided to plant flowers, arrange it and sell it.”

At the moment Mrs Plaats goes to Lautoka Hospital for treatment.

She said today she still has stomach pain, and bleeding continues.

Whenever she feels it, she would go straight to hospital for checkup.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar



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