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Unread 05-07-2004, 07:03 PM
Recurrence Question

Dear Hystersisters:

I went for my first post op visit yesterday and my Oncologist told me that my chances of getting breast cancer and colon cancer were greater than the average person. I should feel happy that my pathology results came out clear, ovaries, tubes and lymph nodes (I thank God everyday) but I find myself now worrying when this might creep up on me again.

Has anyone out there with Adenocarcinoma and Endo Cervical Cancer 1A1 ever had a recurrence? If so, or if not, I would love for you to please share with me your experience. The Onc. did tell me I would need a pap smear every four months for the first year, then every six months and then I could go back to annually.

I really appreciate you and your thoughts.
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Unread 05-07-2004, 10:17 PM
Recurrence Question

I had endocervical adenocarcinoma tah/bso on 9/12/02 had my recurrance in June.

But, My cervical cancer was staged at 2b, and when I had my hyster, they were not going in for cervical cancer, they thought that I had ovarian cancer (elevated CA125 and pelvic mass), when the frozens on the ovaries came back clear, hyst was done and doc closed me up. No lymph nodes not pelvic wash. I didn't know that I had cervical cancer until the following monday after I got home.

The cervical cancer was not caught on the pap that I had in July 2002 - too high up.

Cancerhead creeps up on us, slowly and sometimes suddenlly. I since my recurrance I am leary of my June appointment this year, But once I make it thru June and everything is clear I feel that I will be good to go.

But the main thing (that I try to stress to myself) is to Take each day as it comes. Yesterdays are gone, tomorrows are not here yet. So live for Today.

God Bless and Take care
Unread 05-07-2004, 10:37 PM
Recurrence Question

Hi Donna: I was diagnosed with endocervical adenocarcinoma in December '02 and had a TAH in March '03. thankfully, I have had 2 normal pap smears since my surgery (YEAH!!!) but I will admit that I do get cancerhead every time I have a check-up. From what I hear from the other ladies here, it's quite normal to have those feelings. (((Thank you hystersisters for your support!))). My best wishes to you Donna!
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Unread 05-08-2004, 10:23 AM
Recurrence Question

Hi Donna !

I think that many of us have had the same worries that you are experiencing, especially in the beginning! I had stage IA endocervical and have had pap smears every three months since my surgery--they've all been clear and I'm almost two years cancer-free.

I was surprised that your doctor told you that you are higher risk for colon or breast cancer--generally it's thought that cervical cancer doesn't predispose you for other types of cancer. Do you have a family history of those other cancers by any chance?

Anyway, just try to take one day at a time. You had a very early stage cancer that is associated with a very low risk of recurrence. It's not impossible, but it is very unlikely.

Good luck to you and PM me if you need support!! Sometimes Cancerhead cannot be reasoned with .

Unread 05-08-2004, 05:48 PM
Recurrence Question

Dear Sisters:

Thank you so much! Don't know what I would do without this site and you!

My Uncle had colon cancer (my moms half brother) they had the same daddy and I have no family history of breast cancer. I also was shocked when he told me that. I do know this, when I'm feeling better and all recovered I bet I go see my medical doctor and ask for a colonoscopy (sp). I know tests are not 100 percent accurate but at least maybe it will give me a peace of mind.

Love and Prayers,
Unread 05-09-2004, 12:17 AM
I'm worried too.

Hi. I had cancer of uteris and cervix. Radical hysterectomy on March 3rd. I'm back at work and acting pretty normal. Doing internal radiation. Not too bad. But on 18 May I'm having a Mammogram. The first one in about 6 or 7 years. I am nervous about it. I'm afraid what they will find. I had a lump removed in 1985. It wasnt anything. But I scared now. Yikes. Martha
Unread 05-09-2004, 02:58 AM
Cervical Adenocarcinoma

Hi, Donna--

Your doctor may have said you were at an elevated risk for other hormone dependent cancers such as colon and breast because of a recent study published in the journal Cancer (Aug. 15, 2003). The link below discusses the study in which National Cancer Institute researchers found that obesity and fat distribution were risk factors for development of cervical adenocarcinoma. The relationship suggests that hormonal risk factors may play a role in the development of cervical adenocarcinoma (but not squamous cell cervical cancer). The researchers concluded that cervical adenocarcinoma's association with weight could support the hypothesis that this type of cervical cancer's cofactors resemble the risk factors for endometrial adenocarcinoma.

Here's the link to the article:

I also located the link to the actual journal abstract in case you are interested:

I would try not to worry too much about other cancers and/or recurrence if I were you. Your cancer was caught very early and it sounds like your doctor is very much on top of things. I had endometrial cancer and had a colonoscopy three months after completing radiation. Everything turned out fine, and a second colonoscopy three years later was also fine. I also have regular mammograms and breast ultrasounds, and had to have one biopsy, which was negative.

While your doctor might have you under a somewhat heightened surveillance, especially for the first few years, it is only a precaution to ensure your good health.

Take care,

Unread 05-09-2004, 10:08 AM
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Just to clarify, there is absolutely no evidence anywhere in the literature that cervical cancer predisposes you to any other type of cancer. Having HPV may predispose you to vaginal cancer--but cervical cancer alone does not predispose you to any other type of cancer.

Unread 05-10-2004, 06:39 AM
Recurrence Question

I had endocervical adenocarcinoma as well and I asked my dr. if it predisposes me to any other types of cancer(on 2 different occasions)and both times he told me no. now i'm wondering, though...???
Unread 05-10-2004, 08:15 AM
Recurrence Question

Hi, Amy,

If I were you, I would want to discuss the results of the National Cancer Institute study with my gynecologic oncologist to get his view on any possible impact that the hormonal risk factors for the development of cervical adenocarcinoma might have on the potential development of other hormone dependent cancers.

Doing so may give you a better sense of whether or not you might want to consider altering your current screening schedule for other hormone dependent cancers.

Best regards,


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