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Post Laparoscopic Hysterectomy - Do I Need to Be Screened for Cancer?

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Several years ago, I had a laparoscopic hysterectomy that included morcellation.  Do I need to be screened for cancer?Several years ago, I had a laparoscopic hysterectomy that included morcellation. Though I do not have any symptoms, I am concerned about the morcellation discussion in the news. Am I at risk for cancer this many years later and should I be undergoing some type of screening?

Whenever a woman has a hysterectomy, her uterus and all the tissues removed are sent to pathology. A pathologist then dissects the tissues and exams them under a microscope to determine, confirm, and/or stage a diagnosis. Knowing what abnormalities existed in the tissue can help your medical team determine if enough tissue was removed, whether or not follow up treatment or monitoring is necessary, and whether or not there were co-existing diagnoses which require treatment.

If your pathology was clear for cancer following your hysterectomy, then there should be no cause for concern now. The issue being discussed in the news today involves undiagnosed cancer that is found at the time of the hysterectomy. The issue is not that some remaining tissue becomes cancerous at a later date–something that is highly unlikely.

To ease your mind, this would be a good time to schedule an appointment with your doctor so you can sit down and talk. You can share your concerns and even ask to go over your pathology report one more time. You and your doctor could also determine if any screening is needed based on your particular medical condition and family history.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

09-14-2014 - 07:51 PM


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