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Unread 06-11-2002, 07:42 AM
how frequent follow up visits?

Hi again Ladies, I had my postop checkup last week at 5 wks and was given the all clear signal for work, sex, etc.. It's really been an eventful recovery thanks to all you ladies here that have kept me informed.

My onc. told me to come back for a vault smear in 6 mo. Is that normal? Seems I've read where most of you gals went back every 3 mo at first. I'm thinking of going back to my gyn and seeing what she has to say. He feels pretty confident that the surgery got all the cancer, no chemo/radiation. But my concern is that is was a very aggressive cancer and if they didn't, 6 mo seems too long in between.

So what were some of your experiences with your first yr followups?
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Unread 06-11-2002, 08:20 AM
how frequent follow up visits?

s Sherry

I'm glad to read you are doing so well at the five week mark!!! Sounds like life is getting back to normal. I'm not familiar with your type cancer followup, but I'm sure someone will be along soon.
I had ovarian cancer and do the three month followup for a few years. But ovarian cancer is notorious for coming back over and over!!!
Best wishes.

Unread 06-11-2002, 11:13 AM
how frequent follow up visits?

I had a TVH for cervical adenocarcinoma Stage 1a in November 01. I have to go back every 3-4 months for a vault.

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Unread 06-11-2002, 09:13 PM
how frequent follow up visits?

Wow, Sherry! Congratulations on doing so well just 5 weeks postop!

My original follow-up plan was every 3 months for 2 years. If I had normal PAPs, then it would go to 6 months. Unfortunately, my most recent PAP (taken 15 months after surgery) came back abnormal, so I don't know what the plan will be now. I assume every 3 months until I've had 2 years worth of normal PAPs. My doc also uses the ThinPrep (the cells are placed in a container of fluid rather than on a slide). It's supposed to give more accurate results. Good luck!


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