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Unread 06-02-2010, 09:34 AM
Kinda Scared

Hello Everyone,

My name is Mya and in 16 days I will be 30! Over the past 10 years, I have had 3 C-sections, Hysterectomy, and Gall Bladder removed. I am starting to think I have really bad health related luck.

My hysterectomy was due to Placenta Accreta which occurred during my 3rd pregnancy. PA is when the Placenta attaches itself to the uterine wall, and it cannot be detached without hemorrhage. Anywho, I have heard it compared to a cancer and was relieved when my uterus was removed. I had a partial hysterectomy, (I still have my ovaries... not entirely sure about my cervix).

About a week ago I felt a hard lump inside my vagina. I became concerned after doing some internet research and called my gyno. Typically, it takes weeks to see my doctor but when I described my issue... he wanted to see me right away. Although I know i should be happy for the prompt service, it worried me that he seemed worried. My appointment is today.

I always have gastro issues. I always blame them on the lack of gall bladder... but lately have been feeling gassy and bloated. Maybe it's just me being a hypochondriac.

My questions are, is it possible to get cancer after having a hysterectomy? Does Placenta Accreta increase ones chances of getting cancer? What should I expect at my appointment today? Im a bit of a pain wuss. Im scared.
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Unread 06-02-2010, 03:27 PM
Re: Kinda Scared

Hi Mya-

I don't know anything about PA and it's potential for cancer, but hopefully some of the very well-informed ladies on this site will chime in soon. As far as your appointment, I'm sure your gyn give you a through exam and probably (just my guess) order a biopsy, ultrasound, and some blood work. If anything comes back questionable, please ask for a referral to a gynecological oncologist. They are the experts when it comes to the more serious side of gynecological issues. Hopefully, it is nothing serious, but glad to hear you're able to get in right away and get it checked out. Keep us posted!

Unread 06-02-2010, 09:56 PM
Re: Kinda Scared


Kudos to you for getting things checked out! ALWAYS listen to your body! Hopefully, this will just be some benign thing, but if it is cancer/pre-cancer, definitely get a referral to a gynecological oncologist (gyn/onc). They are the experts, and you want the best for your health!

The short answer is yes, you can get cancer after having a hysterectomy. A total hyst removes both the uterus and the cervix. So, if you had a subtotal hyst, you should still have your cervix. The removal of the ovaries and tubes is called a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO) and isn't actually part of the hyst, although it can be done in conjuntion with it.

Hang in there, sweetie, and keep us posted!

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Unread 06-03-2010, 08:14 AM
Re: Kinda Scared

Just wishing you the best with your appointment. Come back and let us know how it went, especially if you need more support of have questions of what the doc said.
Yes, you can still get cancer after a hyster. And, you still have ovaries, a potential risk for ovarian cancer especially if you have a history of breast or ovarian cancer in your genetic line.
But, of course our imaginations run wild with the unknown, you will probably find out you are A-OK and all is well, something benign. But good for you for being proactive and getting it checked out!
Unread 06-04-2010, 07:18 AM
Re: Kinda Scared

Hello Ladies,

Thanks for your replies. The doctor did an initial exam and said he "thinks" it's probably a cyst. He wants to schedule surgery to have it removed. Once removed he can tell me definitively what it is. <yikes!>. I asked him if I had a cervix, and he said it looks and feels like I may have a piece of one. Does that sound weird to anyone else? Having a piece of one? He thought the entire area looked inflamed and prescribed me a gel to use for 5 days. He then wants to see me to get a better look.

For now, it's a bit of a wait and see.

Thank you again for replying! I really appreciate the support.
Unread 06-07-2010, 04:58 PM
Re: Kinda Scared

Good luck and remember not to waste a good panic. Try to maintain calm (as much as you can) and know that there are friends here 24/7. Peace

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