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Unread 06-23-2003, 11:53 PM
Biopsy Question....

Hi,
I was wondering if anyone can answer this question for me. If the results of my cone biopsy comes back that I have carcinoma or carcinoma in situ in my glands, is it curable and if so, by what methods? Hysterectomy I am sure, but what about radiation etc? Will those methods also be used? Thanks!
Carol
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Unread 06-24-2003, 09:57 AM
Biopsy Question....

When you're talking about cervical dysplasia, there are 2 different types of cells that can be involved. One is squamous cell. Those are the cells on the outside of the cervix and on the lower portion of the inside of the cervical canal. The cells are involved in about 85% of cases of cervical cancer. The other cells are called glandular cells. The glandular cells are located up higher inside the cervical canal and in the uterus. If you have glandular cell involvement, it is called adenocarcinoma. Adenocarcinoma is harder to monitor because it's difficult to get a good sampling of those cells--they frequently are not picked up on a routine PAP.

Depending on the degree of involvement, various treatments might be selected. I don't believe there's any difference in how a squamous cell carcinoma or an adenocarcinoma of the cervix is treated--the difference comes in when a cancer has spread to involve the lymph nodes or other organs. Cervical cancer is typically treated with radiation--chemo is also frequently given to make the cancer cells more susceptible to the radiation.

Hope this helps!
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Unread 06-24-2003, 04:59 PM
Hi Jeanine

Jeanine,
That explains it. Thank you. I got teh results of my cone today which came back for clear margins and the ECC was negative. Going to continue to pray that it never re-occurs. Hugs to you.
Carol
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