A Canadian woman who underwent colon repair surgery was shocked to wake up and discover that doctors had removed her uterus.
The operation, which was to repair a ruptured colon, led to the discovery of stage 3 colon cancer and a baseball-sized tumor in her uterus.
Doctors ordered that her uterus and cervix be removed, which would leave the 38-year-old woman infertile.
Devlynn Cyr, a former Alberta paramedic, said: “I couldn’t process the hysterectomy because I thought, ‘Now I don’t have the option to have children?'”
During a procedure to repair her ruptured colon, Mrs Cyr was found to have stage three colon cancer. Surgeons also discovered a tumor fused to her uterus.
Devlynn Cyr is pictured with her husband Greg. The couple had previously wanted to have children and she suffered a miscarriage just months before her ordeal with cancer began.
Mrs Cyr went to her local hospital to have an ostomy, in which doctors would create an opening in the abdomen that allows body waste to drain from the intestines.
When she woke up from surgery, she learned that doctors had to remove her uterus and cervix through a total hysterectomy after finding a baseball-sized tumor “cemented” in her uterus.
Mrs. Cyr saying Her heart sank when she heard the news about her husband Greg. There is no indication yet whether the Cyrs plan to take legal action.
Before surgery, Mrs. Cyr had been experiencing abdominal pain and constipation that doctors first attributed to something else, such as Crohn’s disease.
In the middle of the procedure to surgically repair a hole in the lining of his colon, doctors discovered he had stage three colon cancer.
Doctors later said her uterus and fallopian tubes were “like cement” due to cancer and had to be removed.
Mrs Cyr was under anesthesia when the cancer was discovered and her husband Greg was told the damage caused to her reproductive organs was irreversible.
Mr Cyr said: “Okay, this is happening and it’s become a lot more real,” adding that he feared his wife of six months would “be angry at me and upset that I had to make that decision.” We had talked about having children.
Devlynn was also upset to learn that doctors failed to retrieve healthy eggs from her ovaries before removing her uterus.
She said: ‘Did I have some eggs retrieved so I could have children in the future? Do you even think about these things?
Ms Cyrs said in a TikTok video that now has 1.5 million views that she underwent a “complete hysterectomy”, which involves the removal of the uterus and cervix, involuntarily.
Mrs Cyr will need to undergo long-term chemotherapy to beat her cancer. She will also have to undergo radiation treatment.
The pain of losing the ability to give birth naturally was made worse by knowing that Devlynn will need to undergo chemotherapy for her stage 3 colon cancer long-term.
She told her followers on TikTok: ‘There is no hope for me to get out of chemo unless I don’t want to survive this cancer.
“I was told that radiation is now something I need to do because of my family history: my father had cancer twice and his mother had colon cancer.”
A person with a family history of colon cancer. has approximately double the risk to get it. People over 50 are also more vulnerable to the disease.
Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer diagnosed in men and women in the US.
It is estimated that 107,000 new cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed in 2023, along with 46,000 new cases of rectal cancer.
Colon cancer rates are skyrocketing among younger adults and scientists are still grappling with possible causes, which could include unhealthy lifestyle practices.
The American Cancer Society reported in March that the colon cancer rate in people in their 50s nationwide was now nearly 60 per 100,000.
For comparison, between 1975 and 1979 the rate was about 40 per 100,000, indicating a 50 percent increase in about 45 years.
About 43 percent of diagnoses occurred in people between 45 and 49 years old.
Part of what makes colorectal cancer difficult to diagnose are its symptoms, which can often be attributed to other conditions.
Many younger patients are often misdiagnosed because symptoms may resemble other disorders, delaying treatment and decreasing the chance of survival.
A survey conducted by the American Cancer Society in 2019 reported that more than two-thirds of colon cancer patients consulted at least two doctors before getting an accurate diagnosis, and some had to see up to four doctors.
The ACS, an influential body that sets guidelines for appropriate care, decided just five years ago that it would revise its colon cancer screening recommendation, lowering the age from 50 to 45.
If caught early before spreading to other parts of the body (stages one and two), colon cancer has a five-year survival rate of about 91 percent.
Stage three cancer means cancer cells have been found in the lymph nodes of surrounding tissues, a diagnosis with a five-year survival rate of 72 percent.
Once the cancer has spread throughout the body, such as to the bones, liver or lungs, the chances of survival plummet to 14 percent.