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Unread 09-12-2002, 08:45 PM
colon cancer after cervical carcinoma in situ??

Hi ladies
This is my first post in this column and I am probably jumping the gun here, but if anyone can help me decide you ladies can!!! This is a difficult question for me to ask , but here goes. I am having my 6 month hysterversary today. I had cervical carcinoma in situ in my path report. Now for the last 2 months or so I have been having rectal bleeding. At first it was only w/bm's but now just sitting on the toilet brings blood. And to me it seems like quite a bit. It just steadily drips into the bowl. But I am not bleeding any other time. I told my dr. about this a few months ago but he just said it was probably a internal hemm. But it is not going away, even though I have changed my diet and I excersize regularly. Should I make an appt. to see a gastroentrologist? I am so confused. I have read that once you have any type of uterine cancer it is more likely for you to get colon cancer. I am just freaking out here? I know you ladies will be brutally honest w/me. Thanks so much for reading my long post...sorry!
Thanks, Mel

Tah/bso 3-12-02 for severe endo, carcinoma in situ and ruptured ovarion cyst. Now fighting my way through the jungle.
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Unread 09-12-2002, 09:05 PM
colon cancer after cervical carcinoma in situ??


How frightening and frustrating this must be for you. Please call your doctor. This does not sound like a normal thing. Hopefully, your regular doc could get you in to see a GI doc fairly quickly.

Now, I'm not a doctor, and you should always ask medical questions to your doctor, but my understanding of carcinoma-in-situ is that it is not a TRUE cancer. It hasn't invaded anything and it hasn't spread anywhere. It's just abnormal cells that would most likely become invasive cancer if they were not removed. Frequently, gyn cancers do spread to the colon because it is in such close proximity to the involved organs.

Good luck, Mel! Let us know how you are doing.

Unread 09-13-2002, 04:21 AM
Please see Gastroenterologist

I'm hoping and praying he'll find a simple solution (like the internal hemmorhoid) and get your mind at ease, but you do need to see a specialist vs. letting this continue. Whatever, since it is getting worse, it needs to be checked out. If it's something serious, the earlier the better. If not, your mind will rest.
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Unread 09-13-2002, 04:44 AM
colon cancer after cervical carcinoma in situ??

I've had that too! I know that moment of panic and this was pre-hyst long before I had cancer head.

It definitely needs to be checked out thoroughly (colonoscopies are our friends). At the time I had it I was basically told that if it was bright red it's probably an internal hemorrhoid or other kind of "local" irritation. So you do need to see a doctor about it, but I think you also don't need to panic.

Unread 09-13-2002, 05:23 AM
colon cancer after cervical carcinoma in situ??

I had a colonscopy prior to my hyst surgery for endo c. My dad had colon cancer twice, both times cured. My gyn said that she was concerned once the endo c was diagnosed that there could be a link with the colon c. Thankfully everything was clean and I don't go back for 5 years. I would find a good gastro person and schedule a colonscopy. The worst part is the clean out process. I am so happy my dr had all this done prior to surgery. I think this is her regular routine with gyno cancers.
Did you have problems getting the Old Bowel working after your surgery?? That could account for hemm or a fistula (I think that is what it is called). A friend had that and had constant bleeding....was so scared and it turned out she had a small tear that was continually bleeding.
Good luck and let us know how you are doing. Chris
Unread 09-13-2002, 05:38 AM
colon cancer after cervical carcinoma in situ??


I have the same problem, and while it is probably an internal hemorroid, you do need to have a doctor check it out. And yes, you may need a colonoscopy.

Colonoscopies aren't too bad, you do need to prep-(we can all compare flavors of golytly - I "like" lemon-lime) but that is really the only inconvenience.

Unread 09-15-2002, 01:05 PM
colon cancer after cervical carcinoma in situ??

There are quite a few reasons for rectal bleeding due to non-cancerous causes. But I am surprised that your GP should be so blase about it. Especially given your recent experience without at least having done a rectal exam to verify a hemorhoid or not.

By all means INSIST on a referral to a gastro. You have a RIGHT to some peace of mind regarding this. If he won't refer you, make your own appt. Unless you are stuck in some HMO and don't have that option.

Bleeding from the rectum is not "normal", even if it is "just" hemmorhoid(s) you have a right to a proper Dx and proper treatment.

Sometimes we have to remind ourselves that WE are the ones enduring the symptoms, WE are the ones paying the bills (whether directly or thru insurance) and therefore WE are the employERS and they are the employEES. Not the way you want to think about your doctor but sometimes it is necessary.
Unread 09-15-2002, 01:09 PM
colon cancer after cervical carcinoma in situ??

By "given your recent experiences" I didn't mean that increased your chances of the rectal bleeding being anything serious. I was referring to the worry and scare you went thru prior to and leading up to your hysterectomy. You shouldn't have to endure needless worry when there is probably nothing serious going on and its something that can be checked so easily.
Unread 09-15-2002, 02:28 PM
colon cancer after cervical carcinoma in situ??




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