Fans of the Howard Stern radio show were surprised to learn that Robin Quivers has been secretly battling cancer for over a year. On yesterday's show, Quivers revealed she has undergone surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy to treat a type of cancer that originated from endometrial tissue. The radio personality announced being cancer free after fifteen months of treatment.
In May 2012, Quivers discussed the initial medical scare that eventually led to her cancer diagnosis. After not being able to urinate, she was admitted to the hospital where a grapefruit sized tumor in her pelvis was discovered. In yesterday's broadcast, Robin said she had a rare type of cancer that began in the endometrial tissue. While she did not disclose the exact type of cancer, it can be speculated that she may have suffered from uterine papillary serous carcinoma, a rare and serious form of uterine cancer.
During her treatment, Quivers changed doctors and began treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She did not disclose where she was initially being treated, but did say the doctors did not have experience with her type of cancer and were discussing colon removal surgery. She made the switch to Sloan Kettering, a hospital with experience treating her cancer type, and now she has been cancer free for 3 months.
As in Robin Quivers case, it is so important to seek a second opinion! If you have recently been diagnosed with gynecologic cancer, I urge you to seek the opinion of a gynecologic oncologist, if you aren't being treated by one. Studies consistently show that women with gynecologic cancer have better treatment outcomes under the care of a gynecologic oncologist. Always try to find an oncologist that has experience with your type of cancer!