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Unread 08-30-2001, 10:36 AM
Need Definition help please

Hey There, I called my gyno to get a copy of my last lab report , mostly because dh to be sometimes treats me like I have a tooth ache. I tried some of the links and definitions on this site and I guess I am in cranial shut-down ok here is what it says under pathological diagnosis.
Severe Squamous Epithelial Dysplasia / Carcinoma in Situ present at Endocervical edge of conization specimen. Some one help me please.
Thanks
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Unread 08-30-2001, 01:37 PM
Need Definition help please

OK , please dont take this as 100% correct because I am not a Dr and dont know how to read pathology reports. But my understanding of it is ( going on my results) :

squamous cells are those cells in the skin covering the cervix. Dysplasia/carcinoma in situ is the same thing , which is a high grade abnormality. present at the endocervical edge ... I think this means that the margins ( edge ) of the sample taken were not clear of abnormal cells and there could be a chance of cells elsewhere on the cervix. It is still in precancerous stages.

This is such a delicate and very important issue and we really cant read your results for you ,sorry. Why dont you find a Dr that you trust and ask them to read it and EXPLAIN it to you in laymans terms .


Best of luck and please let us know how you are going. Take good care x x
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Unread 08-30-2001, 01:59 PM
Need Definition help please

Squamous cells (SKWAY-mus) -- Flat cells that look like fish scales; they make up most of the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin.

Epithelium (EP-i-THEE-lee-um) -- A thin layer of tissue that covers organs, glands, and other structures in the body.

Dysplasia (dis-PLAY-zha) -- Abnormal cells that are not cancer.

Carcinoma in situ (kar-sin-O-ma in SY-too) -- Cancer that involves only the cells in which it began and has not spread to other tissues.

The endocervical edge of conization specimen, tells us the sample of the cervix that was taken for the above diagnosis.

So it sounds like the cancer is just starting and has not progressed far into the tissue at all. There is some changes in the cells, but the cancer is only showing in the one area of the cervix rather than through the layers of tissues.
I am no doctor, but these definitions were taken from a medical source. Hope this helps!
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Unread 08-30-2001, 06:44 PM
Need Definition help please

I find there's some confusion about whether CIS is cancer or pre-cancer. My dr called it pre-cancer, but I've read that it's considered Stage 0 cancer. In any case, the "in situ" is the good part.....it hasn't spread beyond the original site.
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Unread 08-31-2001, 03:11 AM
Thanks !

Thats the info I was looking for, sorry but it is the end of the month I am trying to keep my head where it belongs and get these mortgages to the closing table, and became very frustrated trying to find the definitions of these words. Robyn I trust my Dr. very much so. They just keep changin my appointment (which they just did again) so our meeting to check the last surgical site and to go over the results hasnt happened as of yet. Now they have pushed it up to the 4th at 7 p.m. My slides were finally received, but the Oncologist can not read them because he is backed up. My Dr. Office has called in a favor from a Pathologist friend of his but the concern was will my insurance company pay for it. The Pathologist said that he would submit the bill and if Insurance Co. wont pay he will only charge me $75.00 to do it. What a guy! I would just like to be educated before I go back so I know exactly whats going on with my body, my family does not understand this they tell me to wait for the Dr. Ok, well lets just put our heads in the sand and pretend nothing is wrong. I am very scared, like I have never been scared before, I have as someone else put it, Aliens in my body and I want them gone! There is absoulutely nothing wrong with being educated and making informed decisions. DH to be got me this really cute squishey snuggly stuffed dog, so I have that to when I am having a moment. I feel silly wondering around the house with it but hey whatever helps. Thanks. I'm glad I have you all!
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Unread 08-31-2001, 04:43 AM
Need Definition help please

That is sweet of dh to buy you a cuddle pet!! I dont' see anything at all walking around the house with it....it's like you have a piece of dh with you all the time! I can really relate to the alien metaphor!! I felt the same way and it seems that no one else really understands what you are feeling...unless you speak to someone who has gone through the same thing!
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