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Unread 06-14-2003, 12:41 PM
What does it mean?

The doc wasn't sure about the diagnosis prior to the TAH - after a colposcopy had a cone biopsy that came back with abnormal cells - CinIII??? something in situ (sorry, don't have the report in hand) She was going to wait until Sept., do another check and then recomend a hysterectomy if it came back abnormal again. With no time at work (I teach, son had surgery in January, and I had kindey stone & cone also) I asked how she felt about doing the hysterectomy now - she was obliging... 4 days later (1st day of summer vacation).

After the hysterectomy, the doctor said that noninvasive cancerous cells were found - she didn't discuss any after treatment and didn't say if there were just a few or many...my next appointment with her is the 26th

- so does this mean that because my uterus is now gone that I should just be happy and relax because the cancer is gone now?

Having trouble deciding where to "fit" it in my emotions???? Or prepare for "life" in general as I heal...

Thanks so much for being here!!!
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Unread 06-14-2003, 01:02 PM
The BEST word is NON-invasive

I can understand you feelings, but like I said the best news was the words were "non-invasive". If you have any concerns voice them at your appointment.

Also was she a GYN/ONC??? If she is great, If not I would have a GYN/ONC review the slides, and path report. Just to be on the safe side.

God Bless and enjoy being a princess.
Unread 06-14-2003, 01:26 PM

You might ask if she is going to regular checkups. Like every 3months for a couple of years, then every 6months for 2years.
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Unread 06-14-2003, 01:42 PM
What does it mean?

Hi Jana,

Carcinoma-in-situ (CIS) is considered a Stage 0 cancer (no invasion) and is treated the same way as CINIII (a precancer) . I got a copy of my path report after the surgery and it showed CINIII/CIS. No further treatment necessary.

It is common practice to have frequent paps to watch for abnormalities on the vaginal wall. My schedule was every 3 months for two years, every 6 months until the fifth year, and then yearly. Vaginal cancer is considered very rare, but follow-up is important.

My surgeon was a GYN/ONC. He recently retired and referred my to another GYN/ONC. The new guy reviewed my record and determined that because there's been no problem in 2 1/2 years I can be followed by a Gyn and he will see me if any abnormalities show up.


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