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Unread 03-17-2004, 04:57 PM
Just wondering ....

... How often should one have a pap smear after TAH/BSO for cancer of uterus that filtered down to cervix? Dr. suggested one year but I was wondering if others have suggested every six months, etc.

Also rad/onc said to follow up and keep an eye on things for the next two years or so but didn't say what kind of follow up or what kind of tests - any ideas?? Dr. going to get all the paper work from rad/onc but I'm feeling a little bit like a "sitting duck" waiting for more bad stuff to happen if I'm not on this diligently. Hope I'm not over reacting?!

Any thoughts or suggestions are gratefully welcomed! Thanking all of you.
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Unread 03-17-2004, 06:13 PM
Just wondering ....


I had ovarian cancer and have been seeing my oncologist/gynocogist every three months. However, I know, for a fact, that he does a pap smear twice a year.

Hope that helps.
Unread 03-17-2004, 07:01 PM
Just wondering ....

I had endo cancer 1B and had paps every 6 months for the first 2 1/2 to 3 years. Now I'm down to a pap every year, but a pelvic exam every 6 months, and I'll be having an annual CT scan until next year (my fifth anniversary).

Is your physician an gyn/onc? You may want to get a second opinion about the frequency of checkups, esp at the beginning.

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Unread 03-18-2004, 12:03 AM
Just wondering ....

Your gyn/onc didn't tell you how often he wants to see you for follow ups? I had cervical cancer and my gyn/onc sees me every 3 months for an exam and a pap smear. I see the rad/onc once a year. So I am being seen 5 times a year for the first two years because that is the time that cancer is most likely to recurr.

I hope this helps.

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