The woman's counsel told a High Court judge has opted not to have palliative chemotherapy and "can expect death in a very short period of time". The woman cannot be named by order of the court.
Jeremy Maher SC, instructed by Cian O'Carroll solicitor, told Mr Justice Paul Coffey it was a very sad case where the woman, who now has Stage 4 cancer, “has a very limited life expectancy”.
"She finds herself in a terrible position," counsel said.
She has sued the HSE over a smear test taken under the CervicalCheck national screening programme.