The folks at my sister’s personal care facility (including the resident MD) are recommending that she have a gyny exam to determine if issues she is experiencing are due to cancer. I’m concerned how my sister would react to such a doctor visit, but I am also concerned about the possible threat of cancer. I’m told that even if cancer is officially diagnosed it is possible that dementia patients may not be candidates for surgery. Any thoughts?

Well, if her symptoms are causing her issues, I’d definitely want to know if we could at least alleviate the symptoms. It’s true, she may not be a candidate for surgery, but she may be able to have some of her symptoms dealt with? Ask the docs if her symptoms could be alleviated…if not, I’d say don’t bother if she’s not a candidate for surgery, as the visit could be very uncomfortable for her. If you do elect to do the checkup, ensure the doctor is female and that everyone recognizes your sister has dementia.

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