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Unread 12-30-2001, 04:45 PM

I was diagnosed with cervical cancer on Dec. 3rd (after a history of very normal paps), in the cancer clinic all day on Dec. 4th, and had a radical hysterectomy on Dec. 14th. Yes, I can identify with your desire to GET IT OUT because that is exactly how I felt too. They gave me a choice between radiation therapy and hyst., but because of my strong feeling that I wanted it out, there was really no choice to make. My lesion was large, and as it turns out, I will still have a mild round of radiation, but I don't regret the decision I made. Cancer is a scary prospect, and I think most anyone when faced with that prospect would want it OUT!
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Unread 12-30-2001, 07:40 PM

Because of my family history, when my doctor said I had a growth in my ovary I wanted it GONE. She said she could just take the ovary, but I'd had cervical pre-cancerous cells plus a fibroid in my uterus, so I wanted both out. I then realized I didn't want to worry about the other ovary (my grandmother died of ovarian/uterine cancer, her sons died of prostate cancer, my mom died of breast cancer, and my aunt had breast cancer).

I told the doctor to take it ALL OUT. She really wanted me to do that, but was hesitant to suggest it. She was VERY happy I chose that route. Everything came back benign, and I could have watched and waited. My grandmother--and others I have known--have watched and waited, and died. I want to be as "pro-active" as I can be.

There are several important things involved: your age, your desire for more biological children, and how good you feel about your doctor's competency.

I gotta tell you--now that it's all over, I FEEL SO FREE AND RELIEVED!!!
Unread 12-30-2001, 10:21 PM

I know just how you feel too. I have had two precancerous biopsies and after my first I wanted it out but the doctor said that usually the insurance company wouldn't pay for them cuz the hormone therapy usually worked. I have found out since that they probably would have cuz it is considered life threatening. I guess at least she wasn't "surgery crazy", but still to this day I wish I would have pushed for the surgery. I stopped tolerating the hormones so here I am having surgery on Friday. All the best to you.

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