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Unread 08-19-2006, 09:02 AM
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Is there any discussion that can address if severe abnormal cells can only become cancer cells. I have this diagnosis in my cervix - and a determination that I do not have cervical cancer...and I have severe abnormal cells in the entry part of my uterus. Tho not defined as cancer cells a complete hysterectomy is being recommended. Anyone else have this? Full of Fear...
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Unread 08-19-2006, 09:46 AM
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Of course you are worried about this! No one likes to hear they have abnormal cells--even if they aren't cancerous yet.

Yours is a tough question to answer well. No, not all abnormal cells become cancerous. But they do believe that MOST will become cancerous if not treated. In a very few instances, some cases of severe dysplasia will revert back to a less serious stage--but it is very, very infrequent. And typically speaking, with abnormal cervical cells, the development into cancer usually takes several years. Unfortunately, for some women it only takes a few months. So even though we know that there is a small possibility that the dysplasia could become less severe (but that in most cases it will remain as is and/or progress) and that we know that in most cases it takes years to turn into cancer, the part that we don't know is which group we are going to fall into. There are no crystal balls. No one wants an unnecessary procedure. No one wants to find out they have cancer either.

My best suggestion is for you to request a second opinion with a gynecologic oncologist if you haven't seen one already. They are the experts when it comes to female precancers and cancers and they are trained extensively in the most current treatment and surgical procedures. Perhaps there is another option out there for you, or perhaps a hysterectomy is really in your best interest. A gynecologic oncologist is probably the best person to help you make that decision.

Good luck! Please keep us posted!

Unread 08-19-2006, 11:40 AM
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I had pre-cancer (cin11) then (cin111) in 03 and microinvasive cancer in 05 after loops, leeps,cone biopsies and I'm told it's rare for reccurrance after these treatments.
I'm a smoker - a gyn/onc said that might be why it's coming back.
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Unread 08-23-2006, 12:29 PM
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I think I do not know how to use this site well enough. That's my first need. IF I need a Hyst., than fine, but with just some abnormal cells in the very beginning of the uterus does not seem enough information of the state of the rest of all the related organs. I just keep starting new threads but can't seem to find a pre-hyst discussion group of related issues. Still feeling alone.
Unread 08-23-2006, 01:04 PM
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I am so sorry you are feeling alone. This is a wonderful site, but it can be a bit confusing trying to get the information you are looking for specifically. The decision for the hysterectomy needs to involve your doctor. He/she should be answering all your questions and helping you decide what is the best choice. It is a very big decision, and your doctor should be explaining things so that you understand your options. I cannot tell you if a few abnormal cells should result in a hysterectomy.

I hope that you will keep posting and reading the boards. You are not alone, and someone out there may be in a similar situation and have better information than I. These are wonderful ladies who want to be supportive and helpful. I'm sure if one of them knows the answers to your questions, she will post it or send you a private message. Please just keep communicating with your doctor until all your questions have been answered. I'll keep you in my prayers.
Unread 08-23-2006, 01:30 PM
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Please keep reading the posts!!! I felt alone at first too but the Hypersisters really are here to help you. Please reply back if you have any questions and I will be more than happy to assist you in time of need. Loves of love, hugs, and prayer....jaze
Unread 08-23-2006, 01:41 PM
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Hi ,

If a hysterectomy is recommended you need to ask some questions from your dr such as:

Have I tried all the alternative treatments?
Are my symptoms so unbearable as to make my life a misery?
Will the operation relieve all my symptoms?
Will there be any unexpected consequences - am I prepared for an earlier menopause?
Do I still want to have children?
What will happen if I decide not to have a hysterectomy?

It is always recommended to get a second or even a third opinion from other drs and see what they have to say.

HysterSisters always suggests that a hysterectomy is your last resort after you have explored all other options and treatments.

Has the dr discussed your abnormal cells, and if they can be treated with other means beside a hysterectomy?

Here is a link on abnormal smears:


Yes, it is good you are asking questions here and seeking information so that you will be able to make the best decision concerning your health.

Hang in there

Unread 08-31-2006, 07:19 AM
Abnormal Cells

I appreciate such personal responses. I am to see a new uncologist this p.m. and will report back with any optimistic insights. mc

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