What is your impression of medical understanding and treatment of cervical cancer in 1951
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I'm not an expert but, from the book, the treatment was largely experimental and ineffective. The doctors did not even identify her correct type of cancer. They thought she had malignant epidermoid carcinoma of the cervix. In 1970, however, physicians discovered that she had been misdiagnosed and actually had an adenocarcinoma of the cervix. Lacks was treated with radium tube inserts, which unfortunately did not help Henrietta.