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Total Hyster...do I still need to have pap smears for vag. cancer? Total Hyster...do I still need to have pap smears for vag. cancer?

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Unread 12-10-2010, 04:12 AM
Total Hyster...do I still need to have pap smears for vag. cancer?

I had my uterus and cervix removed and kept ovaries. Hyster. was not due to cancer related issues.

My MIL had a total hyster. years ago and was told she no longer needed to have pap smears. At age 70 she was diagnosed with vaginal cancer and had to have her bladder and bowel removed. A few years later she passed away.

My question is should we still have a pap smear to help prevent possible vaginal cancer? And if so, how often? This is something my Dr. never mentioned to me! Going by what happened to my MIL I am of the opinion that a pap smear should still be done.

Your thoughts and knowledge on this would be appreciated. Thanks
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Unread 12-10-2010, 04:56 AM
Re: Total Hyster...do I still need to have pap smears for vag. cancer?

Yes, my doctor told me before my surgery that I would still need to have yearly exams to check for vaginal cancer. I see again next month for the yearly pap smear.

Charlotte
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Unread 12-10-2010, 11:48 AM
Re: Total Hyster...do I still need to have pap smears for vag. cancer?



Here is an article we have on the site on this topic that you might find interesting: Vaginal (Cervical) Pap Smear After Hysterectomy

The American Cancer Society feels that no pap is necessary following a hysterectomy for non cancerous issues.

However, I have two GYNs. One feels that they are not necessary, the other thinks they should be done.

I had a pap done every year for the first 5 years following my hysterectomy. Now the actual pap (vaginal vault smear) is done every other or every third year.

I do still have a yearly exam that includes breast and ovarian check and a visual vaginal check.

As with many women, I would love to forgo a yearly well woman exam, but the risks aren't worth it in my opinion.

My best advice is to sit down and talk to your medical team about what is best for you!

s
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Unread 12-10-2010, 11:54 AM
Re: Total Hyster...do I still need to have pap smears for vag. cancer?

My doctor also said pap smears were still a necessity at least every 3 years.
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