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Unread 08-06-2007, 06:32 PM
2nd reading of biopsy

Sometimes it just doesn't pay to be diligent.

And sometimes you really really wish you had left well enough alone.

Sometimes, ignorance IS bliss.

I wish I was still ignorant.

This weekend I realized I had not seen a report of the evaluation of my biopsies by the laboratory in Dallas, that was done July 11th. So I called them today.

The pathologists there think they already see cancer.

Endometrial Adenocarcinoma, Endometroid type.
FIGO Grade I associated with complex atypical hyperplasia.

However, the ca that they saw is very small.. 2mm (less than 1/8th an inch). However, I'm still in shock. Went shopping for stuff for family then came home and cried.

I have the path report right in front of me and keep going over and over and over it.

Staging can't be done until surgery. We'll know more then.

I had this report faxed to my surgeon in Houston.
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Unread 08-06-2007, 06:51 PM
2nd reading of biopsy

dear lisa...yes, it is difficult to read those words on the pathology report...i was shocked when i read mine also...reading it over and over, trying to understand what it meant just made me more anxious. it would be nice if the gyn/onc would take the time to explain some of it, but i realize it's unrealistic, as he has so many patients and so little time. i really should ask my family dr. to go over it with me. i'm hoping some of the info sounds worse than it really is!

i don't know what to recommend to comfort you. your hysterectomy date is coming up very soon and you will get some solid answers. right now, no one can say for sure what's going on. until then, keep healthy, eat right and try to enjoy a few of the things you love. you will need lots of rest after the surgery. hope you have lots of support...this is a very stressful time. best wishes to you for a successful surgery with a good outcome.
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Unread 08-06-2007, 07:00 PM
early finding is always better

Lisa,

No one ever wants to hear the word cancer. It sounds like they may be catching it early and earlier is always better. I understand what you are saying about knowing versus not knowing. I work in pathology and had been feeling pretty crummy for a while when I decided to run some tests on myself. My CA-125 was elevated. (This is a tumor marker for ovarian cancer. It can be elevated in stage IV endometriosis, also.) Now I am scheduled for the surgery and hoping that the result is from bad endometriosis and not cancer.
Hopefully, the preliminary results are incorrect, but Houston is the place to be if it turns out to be cancer. Good luck and God Bless.

Leah
37 yo, TVA-BSO 8/31/07
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Unread 08-07-2007, 08:17 AM
2nd reading of biopsy

Dear Lisa:

I feel you need to be very brave to read the reports, because they are hard to understand and they don't always say what we want to hear. It still sounds like there's a very good chance it's at an extremely treatable stage. I wish for all the best for you. Regards, Blue.
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Unread 08-07-2007, 08:47 AM
2nd reading of biopsy

s Lisa,

I am sorry you had to read those words. I'm sure it must've been a big shock for you! However, I always like to know exactly what I am dealing with and armed with that information, felt like I could face it head on and deal with the problem....in this case, cancer.

With the possibility that you will be dealing with a cancer diagnosis, it is strongly suggested that you have a gyn/onco do your surgery. I know you have seen a gyn/onc..will he/she do your surgery?

in there. We're here for you every step of the way.

xoxo
k9
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Unread 08-07-2007, 11:18 AM
2nd reading of biopsy

Thanks everyone for the words of support. Yesterday was a bad day having read "those words". Today will be better

K9, yes, my doctor in Houston is a Gyn/Onc. I live in a small community, and while we do have excellent health care here, we don't attract too many specialists. >grin< Even our nearest medical center (40 miles away) can't support a Gyn/Onc full-time.

My regular Gyn in my home town wouldn't approve of me going to anyone else except a Gyn/Onc.

Thanks again to all for the support. I'm out of the for awhile anyways.
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Unread 08-07-2007, 12:11 PM
2nd reading of biopsy

Ah, Lisa, you have a good gynecologist -- thank goodness she/he is insistent that you go to a gyn/onc. I'm happy to know that you are in good hands!
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Unread 08-07-2007, 01:53 PM
2nd reading of biopsy

Be glad you know now, if it was left to later it could have been worse news (yes you can get worse news).

I hope your surgery goes well and the biopsy got it all.
I keep all copies of my tests etc. I believe a well informed patient is the best kind.
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Unread 08-07-2007, 05:15 PM
2nd reading of biopsy

I think my distress was from moving from a "precancerous" diagnosis to the pathologists in Dallas seeing a small amount of cancer already present.

I take a small amount of comfort in what one doctor told me.. that it's largely a matter of opinion. The pathologists in Dallas are used to looking for cancer and that may color their perceptions (for good or ill..).

I also see this new development as a blessing. I had been sliding down the slippery slope of denial once again.. worrying what if they take everything out and the atypia had resolved on it's own. I would've had surgery for no good reason.

If there really is early cancer there, I will be much more accepting of the necessity of this surgery and it's possible consequences. So, this can work for me rather than against me.

Thanks for the supportive words, thoughts, wishes, prayers. They all help.
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