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Unread 02-06-2004, 07:41 AM
jumping too quick?

I went into the gny because I had continuous bleeding for two months. Never had any problems with paps. He didn't do a pap- he went right to a biopsy. Found pre-cancerous cells in uterus. scheduled for a complete hyst on march 25. Am I jumping the gun? a friend said that there must be something else. My doc did offer treatment with pills, but i really didn't listen after I heard cancer. I want it out of me, yet am I jumping the gun?
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Unread 02-06-2004, 07:49 AM
jumping too quick?

Sounds like the doc did an endometrial bioposy - put a little tube into your uterus and sucked out cells?

An endometrial biopsy will pick up endometrial cancer which may be missed by a pap smear.

Here is a link to some information on endometrial cancer:


There are plenty of ladies here who have been through endometrial cancer, and I'm sure some of them will drop by soon.

Unread 02-06-2004, 08:04 AM

you are an angel. thanks for the info. i am still afraid, but at least I am a tad more informed. I feel better about my decision to go ahead with the total hyst. This place is a God send.
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Unread 02-06-2004, 08:45 AM
jumping too quick?

"Pre-cancerous" isn't quite the same as "cancerous" -- he could have found hyperplasia, which some doctors will treat with a trial of a progestin such as Provera or progesterone in the form of Prometrium. It acts to inhibit the overgrowth of endometrial cells.

I would suggest asking for a copy of your pathology report, and if you are going to have a hyst, PLEASE get a consultation from a GYN-oncologist. They are the specialists in women's cancer surgeries (which usually involve some lymph node sampling, etc) and having your surgery done by the specialists can make a difference in your overall outcome. It's very important!

Good luck; hope you have some answers soon!

Unread 02-06-2004, 10:28 AM
jumping too quick?

Hi Pmaen,
Audrey and Dorrie have given you excellent advice. Please do see a gynecological oncologist if you aren't already. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is. They know how to properly recognize and stage cancers. Often when endometrial cancer is caught early enough, surgery followed by close followup is all that is necessary as far as treatment goes.

Cancer is a very frightening word, and I too remember how numb and scared I was. But take the time to research, get the path report, ask questions, and get second and even third opinions. You are your own best advocate.

Good luck, please let us know how things go, and of course, you can come here any time to vent or ask questions. The women on this board are incredible!

Unread 02-06-2004, 11:57 AM
good advice

Yes, ask for a copy of the pathology reports from the uterine biopsy. Also, get an appt. with a gyn/onc. . I was fortunate to have been dx early with endo cancer (adenocarcinoma) and surgery was all I needed. It is major surgery though and I would caution anyone proceeding down this road to make sure they have had the second opinions and that other options aren't available. How old are you? This could make a difference. Other risk factors? All things to consider before making the decision to have the surgery. I was confident that the biopsy results were clear, indicating the cancer. (Wish it hadn't) but, since it was clear, I didn't have to beat myself up with should I or shouldn't I. My doctor also felt that while doing the biopsy, she got VERY good samples. There are sisters here who went into surgery thinking one thing and finding out after the final path reports that there was more to it. So, alot to consider, but these boards will give you more information than you could ever imagine. Going into this confident in your decision, confident with your doctors and confident with yourself, you will have a much better recovery. Good luck!
Unread 02-06-2004, 05:41 PM
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Thanks ladies. I have endometrial hyperplasia atypia. I am almost 50 (I just got the shivers writting that number) I turn 50 on March 4. I will have to do some research on whether or not my *hmo* has a gyn-oncologist. My hmo group is Kaiser, for those of you in the west you know what this is. They do not go into surgery lightly because they are afraid to spend money.
My doctor did say that if they found anything else that looked fishy while he was in there he was going to take a biopsy of the lymph nodes. i found some good websites on endo-hyper-atypia and it seems that a hyst is the way they usually go.
Am I trying to talk myself into this surgery, or out of it. I don't know. Thanks for all your help so far. You have given me a world of support and knowledge already. I don't know you, but I can talk to you about this when I can't talk to other about it.
For all that have gone before me, you are my hero.
Unread 02-06-2004, 07:20 PM
jumping too quick?

Yes,,, I totally agree with Audrey.

Do get a copy of your medical records and pathology and go see a good oncologist/ gynocologist. They are the experts in the field and should be consulted if the slightest inkling of cancer is suspected.

Any gynocogist or surgeon can do a hysterectomy but on an oncologist/gynocologist knows exactly what to look for and how to remove it.

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