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Unread 08-03-2006, 10:43 AM
?s about cervical cancer recurrence...

Hi everyone! It's been a long time since I've been on (little more than a year). Things have been hectic around here, dealing with a preschooler & teenage (almost 16 ) stepdaughter who lives with us.

Anyway, I had a bout with cervical cancer a couple of years ago. Only got to the in situ stage, but that came after having a LEEP just 5 months before to remove high grade lesions. My doctor (2nd one) never could determine if it came back that quickly, or if the 1st doctor just didn't get it all (though he ordered the path report from the 1st LEEP & it *said* clean margins). So, the last few paps I've had since have been fine, the last one being December 2005 & they told me I didn't need to come back for a year. I've had horrid periods ever since all this started, alot heavier than they used to be & terrible cramps, etc. I've also noticed a discharge, very watery like (TMI - almost like urine) that doesn't have a very nice odor (blech). You can't really see it, but needless to say, I never feel...fresh. lol

OK, to make a long story not so long, H & I (no "D" as we are having problems, lol) were intimate yesterday morning. I went to the bathroom afterward & noticed I was bleeding. It wasn't heavy, but bright pink. It went on for awhile, turning brownish/pink after a few hours, then it stopped. Meanwhile, I started cramping & that lasted all day, into the night (I took Naproxen & used a Thermacare thing last night - neither really helped). My period ended less than 2 weeks ago (which, incidentally, they are now going on for like 8-9 days as opposed to the 5 days they used to be), so it's not related to that.

I called my gyn & they are having me come in next week, because of my history. I have the "bad strains" of HPV, so I have been told it's likely the cervical cancer could come back. I'm pretty nervous at this point, because 2 doctors said I should probably have a hyster IF I was done having kids (I have one). I wasn't & would still like another, but with H & I having problems, I didn't want to "jump" into that.

So, I guess my question is, I was wondering if others had had these types of symptoms. Would you say it sounds like the cancer is back? I know you aren't doctors, of course, but I think the women here tend to know more than alot of them anyway! LOL

Any advice, opinions, etc. would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!
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Unread 08-03-2006, 08:15 PM
?s about cervical cancer recurrence...

Hi there,
Sorry to read that you are having these worries.

Yes, a clear discharge is a symptom of cervical cancer and so is spotting after sex. BUT, and a big BUT, those can also be symtoms of lots of other things, like cervical erosion, infections, etc. Those things are much more likely, but they do need to be treated. If I were you, I would call my gyn/oncologist and make an appointment to have it checked out. There is no other way to be certain what it is, and to have it treated.

Let us know what happens.

Unread 08-10-2006, 04:12 PM
?s about cervical cancer recurrence...

Thanks for your response Janie. I'm glad at least one person read this. lol

I had my appt yesterday & he wasn't really able to tell me anything. He told me my cervix looked good, but he also said that just before the punch biopsy last year that came back as cancer. Anyway, he did a pap & 2 endometrial biopsies. The nurse said the lab is backed up right now though & it may take up to a month to get the results

Something I thought of afterward...shouldn't they have done a pregnancy test before the procedure? Seems like in the past, they always do one before a procedure. I actually thought I might be a few weeks ago, but the test was negative. Some friends pointed out it may have just been too soon to test. I just became a little concerned after leaving their office that if I *were* pregnant, that a biopsy probably shouldn't have been done (I didn't know what they planned on doing before I got in the room). I'm not going to raise a big stink about it, but I'm wondering if anyone else usually has a test before those kinds of biopsies are done.
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Unread 08-10-2006, 07:29 PM
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Hey there,
I have recently had an ECC, punch biopsies and Had my LEEP this past Monday. My biopsy indicated HGSIL. They said 2 weeks on my LEEP path. But all I was asked if I thought I was pregnant. I said I didn't think so. So there were no pregnancy tests before any of these procedures.
Hope all goes well.
Unread 08-10-2006, 07:38 PM
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I did not have pregnancy tests before endo biopsies but my doctor did ask if I thought there was any chance that I could be pregnant, also asked the date for my last period, when I had sex, etc. He was sure as he could be that I wasn't pregnant before he did the biopsies, but no pregnancy tests.

I am shocked that any tests would take a month! They need to switch labs if the lab they are using is taking that long. My paps always come back within a week and biopsies are 4 to 6 work days. There's no excuse for taking a month! IMO

Hoping all the results are good ones,
Unread 08-10-2006, 09:07 PM
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bleeding after sex and major pelvic pain is what sent me to the doctors to see what was going on...my paps was "normal" which is funny that 6 months later during my hysterectomy i was diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer...i was not tested for HPV and that could have made a big different in my outcome...i stayed on pain medicine for months and they thought it was a fibroid tumor that was causing all the problems...that was 5 years ago and after treatments, i'm doing well...
i hope they find out what's happening with you soon and if you think you need a second opinion from another doctor, get it...i wish i had...
take care of yourself and we'll pray for good news!
Unread 08-12-2006, 05:40 AM
?s about cervical cancer recurrence...

Hi Sami - I also had the in-situ kind of cancer. I wanted you to know I had several exams and punch biopsies when I was pregnant, so I wouldn't worry about it. I'm sure it's good for them to be aware of it if you are, but even then it's so early that you'll heal up before the baby puts any pressure on it. Are you trying to get pregnant? I'm scared after my cone I would have an incompitent cervix - she took most of that sucker out :-) Anyway, best wishes - a month is a long time. I'd start calling them after 2 weeks!

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