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Pap smears still needed after total hyst. Death hits close to home :(. Pap smears still needed after total hyst. Death hits close to home :(.

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Unread 04-22-2002, 10:48 AM
Pap smears still needed after total hyst. Death hits close to home :(.

I just recieved the news of a woman's death due to vaginal cancer. She worked for us and it just opened my eyes that it is so important to keep getting pap smears even after a total (uterus and cervix) hysterectomy. I'm in shock over her loss as we were trying to contact her again for some more work. My dr. told me that some women can have them done once a year, once every three years, or can just forget about them all together. I asked what he recommended and he said he still recommends them every year. Even though there is less of a worry about cancer, recieving this news hit close to home and made me aware that it is still important to keep getting checked for vaginal cancer. It's not a bad idea anyway as the dr. looks for other things to.
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Unread 04-22-2002, 10:55 AM
Pap smears still needed after total hyst. Death hits close to home :(.

I found this post shocking, because everything I've been told was Pap smears detect cervical cancer ONLY. Does anyone know for sure that Paps detect vaginal cancer?

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Unread 04-22-2002, 10:59 AM
Pap smears still needed after total hyst. Death hits close to home :(.

I thought they did...

Or maybe it's that they detect "cervical" cancer from the few stray cervical cells that are left after a total hyst.

In any case, I've been told to keep up on my pap smears.
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Unread 04-22-2002, 11:05 AM
Pap smears still needed after total hyst. Death hits close to home :(.

My dr. told me the reason he keeps up on the paps were to detect vaginal cancer. I saw a show on Oprah several years ago where a lady had asked the question why have one done when there was nothing there? The two gyn dr's said paps were still needed after a hysterectomy to detect abnormal cells in the vagina. By the way this was metastatic vaginal cancer that spread. Gosh if she only knew sooner. I have never heard of anyone dying from this until today.
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Unread 04-22-2002, 04:45 PM
Pap smears still needed after total hyst. Death hits close to home :(.

i asked my doctor after i was told he was taking everything and he said it is to check for vaginal cancer. although, the exams i had hoped would cease after the hysterectomy, being safe and staying cancer-free makes them see not so bad.


Jenny
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Unread 04-22-2002, 06:28 PM
Pap smears still needed after total hyst. Death hits close to home :(.

How awful about that lady dying! I'm sorry to hear that!

I talked to my doctor post-op and she told me that you can get vaginal cancer whether you have had a hyster or not. That's one of the things they check for in annual exams for any woman. The annual exams are important for me, just making sure everything is where it should be. I would expect to have a speculum though, oh goodie! Actually, I'm not dreading them any longer as I don't have pain! The one I had last week was not bad at all. The pap smear part never really caught what was going on with my cervix. I do count my blessings though, no cancerous cells were found!

Sara
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Unread 05-02-2002, 04:18 PM
Pap smears still needed after total hyst. Death hits close to home :(.

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Unread 05-02-2002, 09:08 PM
Pap smears still needed after total hyst. Death hits close to home :(.

I have a coworker who will be 44 in June. She had a total hysterectomy at 21 due to cancer concerns, and was advised to continue pap smears due to the risk of vaginal cancer. They did find the beginning of vaginal cancer about 10 years later, but because she did have the regular exams and pap smears, they caught it early enough for a complete recovery. She was the first to tell me to be sure and keep up the pap smears.
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Unread 05-03-2002, 05:55 AM
Pap smears still needed after total hyst. Death hits close to home :(.

Hi girls , I thought I would pop in here as I am one lady who has had vaginal cancer.

Some Drs say that after a hyster there is no need to have a smear done ( actually after the cervix is gone , they are called vault smears , but I refuse to call it that *yuck * ) But my gyn/oncologist says that even if you have never had any type of abnormal reading it is important to have a yearly smear done as there is still a chance of vaginal cancer ( although a very , very small chance ) HPV is one of the main contributors to vaginal cancer. If caught in early stages it is very treatable .

Just remember to have those regular checks and all will be well
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Unread 05-03-2002, 06:04 AM
Pap smears still needed after total hyst. Death hits close to home :(.

This subject really interests me. After my surgery, my gyn told me that I needed yearly paps. (My gyn had the same surgery 5 years ago.) But recently when I went to my internist, she said that unless the hysterectomy was for cancer, then she only does one pap the year after the surgery and then doesn't do them any more. However, she still does the yearly breast exams and mammograms, etc. When I told her what my gyn said, she said that she really didn't believe it was necessary to do them after the first year.

Also, I noticed that new guidelines have come out (in the last couple of weeks) about various checkups for women. The new guidelines say that if a women has regular paps and they are normal, that she can have them only every 3 years ( I think it's after two normal paps in a row).

I guess I was really hoping that my days at the gyn were over, but now I'm not so sure. Maybe I should talk to my gyn about the new guidelines and find out why she disagrees.
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