Anja’s life turned upside down when her sister Trine, who was just 25 years old, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Trine underwent surgery and had a full hysterectomy as a preemptive measure. For the following two years, Trine went to regular check-ups, but in August 2019 the doctors offered her to stop coming for check-ups, as it was associated with a lot of anxiety. They made neither Anja nor Trine aware of the risk of relapse, and the two sisters could breathe a sigh of relief for a while.
However, a few months later in November 2019, Trine experienced pain in her left leg and she consulted the doctor. Four times she went to the doctor and stressed that she was a former cancer patient and was therefore very worried about whether the pain in her leg could be a sign of relapse. Four times she was rejected and was instead given a referral to a physiotherapist. Only on the fifth attempt, when Trine refused to leave until they admitted her, did she get a blood test. This showed an elevated amount of CA-125 in the blood.
Trine was hospitalized and a CT scan showed that the cancer was back – and that it had spread.