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Unread 05-06-2004, 06:08 PM
vaginal cancer questions

i am 3 weeks post op from my hysterectomy for cerviccal cancer. i have been having a raw itchy feel but no discharge, i though maybe a yeast infection was developing after surgery....i am so worried about vaginal cancer after reading about it, i donot know if i have HPV or not, my doctor said they assume becsue of cervical cancer one does, but i was not tested. i am wondering does vaginal cancer have any signs? i know i am being over paranoid, i am sure they checked the area out sincei had cervical cancer, but you know what cancer head doesi guess. when i was pregnant wi th my son i was very itchy in that area and my doctor said as the cervix dialates it causes itching....i no longer have a cervix, so i was wondering if maybe healing from hysterectomy, or stitches etc can cause this??
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Unread 05-06-2004, 06:17 PM
vaginal cancer questions


Cancerhead is lousy isn't it? I had vaginal cancer. My only symptoms were pain during intercourse and a lump when we started checking around to see why. I think your Doc would have thoroughly checked your vagina during surgery. I think it is probably too soon to worry too much about vaginal cancer.

If your hormones are off, your vagina could be dry and tender causing it to itch. Also you had a vaginal hysterectomy, so there is probably some healing going on in there.

Your Doc should do a vault smear (a vaginal pap smear) fairly frequently over the next few years. That should catch any problems that may come up later.

For now try to enjoy your cancer free status.

Unread 05-06-2004, 10:07 PM
vaginal cancer questions


I'm sorry that you are having worries about this. Please remind yourself that even though vaginal cancer does happen, it is very rare. Cancerhead makes us think that we are the most likely next victim, but it is very, very rare.

The one symptom I had was a chronic tear. Each time DH and I were intimate I would have a small tear (ouch!) with a little bit of bleeding just inside my vaginal opening.

Lots of things can cause vaginal itching. Contact your doctor to see if there's anything treatable. I had a horrible yeast infection after surgery from all the antibiotics I was on. As Sharon said, if your hormones are off, well, you could be getting dry which might cause itching. A call to your doctor is in order. Chances are that it's not vaginal cancer. Remember to continue having your regular check-ups. They are critical to a healthy future!

Good luck! Please let us know what you find out and how you are feeling.

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Unread 05-06-2004, 11:37 PM
vaginal cancer questions

Hi, I had vaginal cancer and the only symptom was a watery discharge. I am sure the Dr. checked you carefully, but it is hard not to worry about every troubling symptom. Recovering from a hyst will bring many new sensations and probably what you are feeling is part of the healing. I remember having while I was healing. Perhaps you could call the Dr and tell him your concern. Maybe he can give you something to releive the itching too.
Unread 05-07-2004, 06:47 AM
vaginal cancer questions


I agree that Cancerhead can really mess with us!

Regular checkups will help to maintain your peace of mind ... at least afterwards, anyway (we're all basket cases beforehand!).

And of course there are lots of possible causes for the rawness & itching. So don't assume the worst!

I've discovered personally that the more I learned about my own type of cancer, the better off I was, because when Cancerhead would hit, I could sort of talk back to it with good information. It helped to keep me reasonably rational, if not totally. Being well-informed is a big help.

You're being kept in prayer.

Unread 05-07-2004, 08:40 AM
Hi there, I had that too


For me, I developed a bump in my vag canal, and any pressure on it made it bleed very 'fresh' blood. Nothing like menstrul. Before that like the others I had a discharge before the bleeding starting. I think it's called tumor tears? The smell was horrible, but me being silly I just thought I had one of those much advertised yeast infections. Duh.... I never had problems so did not know.

For best answers though, ask the doctor, a good gyn to give the canal a really good check. With me, I had a pap smear but they missed my tumor completely due to the thingy, that vice thing sliding right over the tumor! So it was missed.

Wishing you the best, but I have a good feeling that you should be ok, but it's always best to get 2nd and 3rd opinions.
Unread 05-07-2004, 03:13 PM
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More that likely what you are experiencing is the healing process, but you should get your doctor to look at it and make sure.

In my own opinion I think that 3 weeks is too early for a recurrance, so I wouldn't worry about it too much.

But DO let your doctor know and we wish you the best of luck.

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