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Unread 04-21-2008, 02:05 PM
Pathology report: Abnormal or pre-cancerous cervical cells

Hi All

My hyster was 18mos ago, with no surprises, and an easy recovery. I have asked my doctor for my surgery report but never got it. He is affiliated with a hospital a half hour's drive away, so he had me go to that office, closer to the hospital to see him before and my surgery. He transferred my file back to the office closer to my home, and I saw a report concerning my surgery at my GP's office. I asked the secretary to make a photocoppy of it for me, then took it to work and asked the nurse to translate it for me. This French to English translation fiasco is tougher than the surgery was, if I may say so. What a pain! Anyway the nurse, who also had a hyst only 6mos ago, was more than happy to translate for me although she's not completely bilingual. In short, my cervix had abnormal cells or precancerous cells. I'm curious as to why my doctor didn't pass this info along to me, and he's always said everything went great. So, my question for you ladies is: Is there any kind of follow up I should be doing, besides seeing my GP and Gyn on a regular basis for checkups? I would appreciate knowing how other women are handling these types of issues. Thanks in advance!
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Unread 04-22-2008, 06:33 PM
Pathology report: Abnormal or pre-cancerous cervical cells



It was kind of the nurse to translate your report for you!

Have you asked any of your doctors about the information in your pathology report? If not, you might want to schedule an appointment and discuss the information and what might be best for you!

I did move your thread here to the Cancer Concerns forum where there are ladies who may have some additional information for you!

S
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Unread 04-22-2008, 06:58 PM
Pathology report: Abnormal or pre-cancerous cervical cells

Violet,

It must be hard to translate a path report....wow!

What was the reason you had your hyst? If I am reading your post right you did not know you had abnormal or pre cancer cells. Anyway, I would think you need to discuss this with an oncologist.

Be sure to ask your dr what this means and see if you can get a referral.

Good luck,
Juanita
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Unread 04-22-2008, 07:21 PM
Pathology report: Abnormal or pre-cancerous cervical cells

I had the hyst for fibroids and anemia, but my doctor has never, ever mentioned abnormal cells the whole time I've had him as my doctor. I don't know that the path report said anything about precancerous cells, the nurse mentioned that. So, I guess I'm going to ask my GP about it. They've both said I'm perfectly healthy, so maybe I'm looking for problems where there aren't any? Thanks for your advice, ladies
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Unread 04-22-2008, 07:23 PM
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Unread 04-22-2008, 07:58 PM
Pathology report: Abnormal or pre-cancerous cervical cells

I don't know what your path report says, but I highly recommend you ask your doctor to get you in for a colposcopy (GP can't do it, but a gyn can). If/when they do the colposcopy, ask them to also do an ECC (endocervical curettage).

I had positive HPV/dna in January, my GP sent me to a gyn for a colpo and biopsy. It was clear (and so was my Pap from Jan), so the gyn decided to do an ECC to see if anything was hiding. It was. From there, I was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma in situ (precancerous). They did a cone biopsy and that brought back a diagnosis of adencarcinoma (cervix) stage Ia1. That is a very low grade/stage of cancer. Treatment is a hysterectomy (cervix and uterus) which I'll have in June.

As bad as the cancer diagnosis is, it is an early stage. For that, I am fortunate.

My recommendation to all women is to ask for the colpo and get an ECC. Cancer in the glandular cells grows faster and is more difficult to find than squamous cell cancer (from what I understand). It is far far better to know this stuff early on than to find out later.

Oh, and get copies of the pathology reports. Stand there (if you are in the office) and don't move until they hand you the copies. Even if it is a pain to get them translated, it is far better to know (at least I think it is).

Good luck!
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Unread 04-22-2008, 08:33 PM
Pathology report: Abnormal or pre-cancerous cervical cells

Princess Violet
It has to be hard to get information when dealing with two languages. I would definitely take the path report to your current doctor and ask for an interpretation and to ask for guidance. Can you ask to see a specialist in Canada? It does look like the abnormal/precancer cells of your cervix was a surprise following your hysterectomy and it may mean the abnormal cells were found high up in your cervix and no further treatment was the thought.

By all means, ask your GP about it. Hopefully your doctor would be in a better position to translate the report for you and can let you know what it does say.

s
Jane
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Unread 04-22-2008, 08:45 PM
Pathology report: Abnormal or pre-cancerous cervical cells

Princess Violet

I'm French and fluently billingual but would probably have a hard time translating a pathology report, just because the terminology is so different.

I don't know if you can make an appointment directly with a specialist in your area: I know we can't here, we need a referral from another doctor. However, do discuss it with your GP and ask for a referral to a GYN, if need be: our health system in the worst in the Province here, and I still got in to see a GYN and have already had my colposcopy since January. That's pretty good

Good luck
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