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Pre-cancerous cells? Pre-cancerous cells?

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Unread 10-27-2001, 04:04 PM
Pre-cancerous cells?

What are pre-cancerous cells? Are
they cells that would turn cancerous if left in, and what are the chances of
pre-canerous cells remaining after a total hysterectomy? My surgeon said my uterus was very active. Anyone know what this means?
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Unread 10-27-2001, 10:34 PM
Pre-cancerous cells?

Hi Joyce,

I have seen different definitions of the term "precancerous". From what I've seen and read most often the term "percancerous" means those cells are not cancer but have a greater than average chance of turning into cancerous cells.

I don't know what the Dr meant by "active uterus". If your next appointment is a ways away, give him/her a call and see if they can give a better description of what it might mean.

Most times from what I've read either here or elsewhere, as long as the cells are contained, the chance of cells remaining are very slim. If you are worried about it though, I would definitely ask your Dr.

I wish you the best in your recovery and hope you are resting and healing well.


Unread 10-28-2001, 03:02 AM
Pre-cancerous cells?

Hi Joyce, I would like to help you but I need to know where the pre cancerous cells are situated .
If the cells are on the cervix ,then the more severe the abnormality the less likely it is to go away and the more likely it is to get worse and eventually turn into cancer unless treated.
The chances are very slim that any cells will remain after the hysterectomy. Only in a very small percent of women more treatment is needed after. Please give the Dr a call if it is worrying you , he /she will be able to clarify for you. Take good care and let us know how you get on. hugs to you x x
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Unread 10-28-2001, 12:22 PM
Pre-cancerous cells?

Hi Joyce,
I also had pre-cancerous my case they were all over my cervix. From what my gyn told me mine was due to the strain of hpv I have and that they would have eventually turned into cancer. I don't know how long it would have taken but I sure wasn't going to sit around waiting for that to happen! I also had endo and adenomyosis which is what prompted me to have the hyst. It's been a little over a year and even though I'm still struggling with the whole hormone thing I AM pre-cancer cell free! I still have some abnormalities on my vulvar region but my gyn's thinking that's some sort of allergic reaction (I'm a redhead...I'm allergic to just about everything from perfume to laundry detergent). If your cells are located on the cervix and that's removed with you uterus then you should be fine. I'm sure that your doctor will do all that he can to get rid of those cells for you. I had to have checkups every three months for this past year just to be on the safe side. Now I go twice yearly even though I don't have my cervix anymore...he just scrapes the vaginal wall. I don't know what "active uterus" means either...I'd call your doctor and ask. Good luck and keep us posted.

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