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Unread 10-09-2004, 06:42 AM
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I recently had a total hysterectomy for cancer of the uterus, polyps and around glands at the aorta. My gyno said it is 100% gone. As a prevention, he took tissues from the aorta down and sent them to a lab. Those results came back clean. He says I have gone from stage 2-3 to stage 1. My question is does anyone have advice as to another opinion? Some people are saying I need to go get the opinion of a oncologist to be sure. I not sure. Part of me thinks I should and part of me says it's OK.
Please let me know your opinions on this. I'm just not sure what to do.
Thanks for the help!
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Unread 10-09-2004, 06:48 AM
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I am glad all came back clean for you. How releaved you must be!!
If having a 2nd opinion will ease your mind then I would get one. But if you feel comfortable with what you have been told already with your results then I would wait for your 1 yr check up.
Best wishes
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Unread 10-09-2004, 07:15 AM
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I would get my surgical report reviewed by a gyn-oncologist. It is very important that you be staged properly at diagnosis, since the follow-up treatment can vary considerably by stage.

You would need the surgical report, and the pathology report, as well as any CTscans etc that you had pre-operatively.

Dorrie
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Unread 10-09-2004, 07:58 AM
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Hi Soccer,

I agree with Dorrie. I also think that a second opinion might make you feel better, I know I would.

Let us know how you make out.
Rosalie
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Unread 10-09-2004, 09:13 AM
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Hi, Soccer,

I agree with Dorrie and Rosalie. I would definitely go for a consult with a gynecologic oncologist and take your pathology and surgical reports with you.

When you say you had uterine cancer, I'm assuming it was endometrial cancer (EC). I was treated for EC in 1999 by a gynecologic oncologist and had an excellent outcome despite the fact that my cancer was more advanced than many others. I have been doing a lot of research on EC over the past five years and have learned that while early-stage EC still has a relatively high cure rate, for reasons that are not yet understood, the number of deaths from EC have more than doubled in recent years. One issue I have seen mentioned is that some physicians consider EC a relatively benign disease. However, the dramatic increase in the number of deaths from EC in recent years demonstrates a need to take an EC diagnosis with the utmost seriousness.

I believe confirmation of the appropriateness of your diagnosis and treatment with a gynecologic oncologist would definitely be in your best interests.

Take care,

MoeKay
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Unread 10-09-2004, 10:26 AM
I'd Go For a Second Opinion

As was mentioned, be sure to go to a gynecologic oncologist for that and take in whatever is requested. It's great everything has come out clean! Still, if you're wondering, a second opinion will ease your mind.
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Unread 10-09-2004, 06:35 PM
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I echo what the others have said, if you didn't have an gyn/onc do your surgery I would at least have one review your case. Mainly to get the proper staging and any treatments that may or may not be necessary.

My ers are with you.

God Bless
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Unread 10-10-2004, 02:33 PM
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Hi Soccer, I also cast my vote with those who are suggesting you consult with a gyn/onc who are the real experts. At the least it may give you better peace of mind. Please let us know how you make out.
s, peggiesue
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