THE CANCER: Henrietta Lacks was an average African American woman in the Mid/Early 1900's. Until one day she realized some pain in her lower region. Many black at that time didn't go to the doctor unless it was absolutely necessary, and Henrietta wasn't an exception. Finally, on January 29, 1951 Henrietta went to the John Hopkins hospital to see what was wrong. That day the doctor diagnosed hers symptoms as a sore from syphilis. The doctors took a sample of her cervix's. The sample was positive for cervical cancer, so the doctors immediately began treating Henrietta's cancer with radium treatment to help "cure" her. However, the radium treatment turned Henrietta's whole abdomen a charcoal color and drained her of energy. Radium wasn't working and eventually the cancer spread throughout her whole body. This caused Henrietta to be fully hospitalized. Her kidneys was covered in small tumors which made it impossible for the toxin to be filtered from her blood. As a result, she had to have multiple blood transfusion. Henrietta had to stop having blood transfusion because of the amount of transfusion she had done. Henrietta's pain terrible and she even had to be strapped to her bed because of her thrashing and screaming. On October 4, 1951 Henrietta died of cervical cancer (uremia).