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Unread 01-11-2003, 11:55 AM
chest x-ray fears, newly quit smoker

Hello to all of you!!! I'm awaiting a surgery date, should be the first week in Feb. I quit smoking Jan. 1st. I wasn't aware that I would be having a chest x-ray. I don't know if I'm ready for any more news about my health. Did anyone else have any similar concerns about post op procedures???

I'm 28 yrs old with a history of abnormal pap tests leading into a cone biopsy resulting in cancer on my cervix. The cone biopsy removed all the cancer, but Dr. feels my best option is a hyster.
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Unread 01-11-2003, 12:52 PM
chest x-ray fears, newly quit smoker

Hi there! Welcome to the site!

I did not have to have a chest x-ray prior to my surgery - not everyone has a pre op and I was one of the lucky ones to not have one. They did some blood work the morning of the surgery, but that was it.

Has your doctor said whether you would have pre op testing, and if it would include a chest x-ray? Howeer, wouldn't you want to know if there was bad news - I understand your reluctance at this time, but it's certainly better to find out early than late. If you haven't discussed pre op with your doc, give the office a call to see what he routinely does - it may not include the x-ray and you can relax (at least as much as one CAN relax when awaiting major surgery!)

But, I wanted to applaud you for quitting smoking!
That is WONDERFUL and I congratulate you!

Best wishes!
Unread 01-11-2003, 02:59 PM
chest x-ray fears, newly quit smoker

Hi ladybuggin73,

Welcome to Hyster Sisters!!

And congratulations on having stopped smoking
I quit about 10 years ago, and have felt so much better ever since. I agree with Mary Sue - if anything would be found on your chest X-ray, it's better to find it early. At my pre-op appointment, I did have a chest X-ray, an EKG, and they drew blood.

While I'm sorry that you are facing surgery, I am very glad that you found us and posted. One thing that I am concerned about, though - have you seen an oncologist/gynecologist for a second opinion on whether it is necessary for you to have the hyst? If the cone removed all the cancer, then I am wondering why your doctor is advising a hyst, since you are so very young.

You might also want to visit our cancer concerns forum you'll meet other members who can give you more 's and information about your diagnosis.

Please keep on reading and posting your questions. We'll do our best to help.


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Unread 01-11-2003, 03:20 PM
chest x-ray fears, newly quit smoker

ladybuggin73, I came to reassure you about the x-ray, but am ending up asking the same thing as Karen. I had cervical cancer and had laser surgery. The margins were shown to be clear and i have had normal paps for 2 1/2 years now. I am wondering if you have had a second opinion, preferably from an oncologist who can look at your path reports and advise you on this. I also agree with Karen that taking a peek into the Cancer Concerns area of this site is a great idea. Everyone there is really supportive and having been there, done that, have some great information and advice to offer.

Good luck to you.
Unread 01-11-2003, 03:22 PM
chest x-ray fears, newly quit smoker

I'm not exactly sure what your question is but if you fear your smoking habit is going to show up on x-rays, you can't tell a smoker from a non smoker on a chest x-ray. Of course, unless you have a specific problem, like a tumor, that might have been caused by your smoking. I find it interesting that you'll be having a chest x-ray pre op. I'm a lot older than you, had my hysterectomy a year ago and they didn't require one of me. I would have done my own. I'm an x-ray tech.
Unread 01-11-2003, 06:47 PM
chest x-ray fears, newly quit smoker

Congratulations are definitely in order for you! You are going to be so much healthier for doing this!

Was your surgery done by a gynecologic oncologist? Do you know what stage cancer you have? There have been some promising studies recently that indicate that a cone biopsy can be all the treatment that is necessary for some very early stage cervical cancers. I really do recommend that if you haven't gotten a second opinion that you consider going to see a gyn/onc. They really are the experts on female cancers and they know all the best treatments and surgical procedures.

And we'd love to have you come over and visit us on Cancer Concerns. There are lots of women there who have been through various types and stages of cancer and precancer who would be happy to offer you ideas, stories, and support if you like. Just Click Here for Cancer Concerns.

Good luck to you!

Unread 01-11-2003, 07:00 PM

Congrats on quitting smoking. My plan was to quit while in the castle. Not!!!! I knew right away that there was no way I was going to do both at the same time. My surgery was at 2:00 and at midnight I needed my patch on. My DH had left it on the night stand for me, but the darn thing wouldn't tear open and I had to buzz the nurse to come and cut it open! I'm so proud of you! I read alot of posts pre-op on the subject, and alot of women couldn't stand it when they got out, and just quit. I wasn't so lucky. Smoking more than ever! I'm 7 weeks post now, and things are getting easier, so I'm going to set a date to quit the first part of Feb. As far as the chest xray, I didn't get one, buy they did do an EKG about an hour before surgery. Try to hang in there, and if the urges are worse after surgery, I hope you can resist! I'll say a prayer for you. Beth

TAH/BSO 11/25 extensive endo / adhesions / fibroid
Unread 01-11-2003, 08:34 PM
thank you!!!

Thanks to all of you for your replies!!! I'm so glad I found this board. I did look into the cancerconcern forum.

My Dr. said that he feels the cancer would come back. This is the reason for the hyster. I asked him about getting a 2nd opinion, he told me that Doctors follow the same plan and this is standard procedure.

Thanks again for all the support.
Unread 01-11-2003, 09:57 PM
Pre Op Chest X Ray

Hi Lady: Mr dr. required a pre op chest x ray because I was a smoker. The day after my x ray I got a call that something had shown up on my x ray and that I needed to go for a CT scan. Scared me cause my Mom has lung cancer now that has reoccured for the third time. I went for CT scan around 11 am and didn't get results till 5:30 pm. It was determined that it was just scar tissue from pneumonia I had years ago. I quit then and there. I had to go to pulmonary dr. the next day to confirm and get clearance for surgery and had to get some breathing tests. Which I passed with flying colors. However, dr. showed me CT scan and the damage I've done to my lungs by smoking. Needless to say that I still have not smoked and that was on October 29, 2002. It has not been too hard. I just remember how scared I was waiting on those results. Now I feel so much better. Just keep not smoking one day at a time. It does get easier.

Unread 01-12-2003, 04:58 PM
chest x-ray fears, newly quit smoker


If what your doctor said was true, then no one would ever go get a second opinion--there wouldn't be any point. And it's true that you could go get a second opinion and that doctor would tell you the exact same thing, but then again, maybe s/he wouldn't tell you the exact same thing. All I can tell you is that there are studies showing that some women with early stage cervical cancer can be successfully treated with a cone biopsy. Others can be treated with a trachelectomy (which removes the cervix but leaves the uterus, leaving open possibilities for future fertility). A gynecologic oncologist is the professional in the best position to make such a determination. They specialize in the treatment of female cancers. You might also hear "well, a hysterectomy is the safest route, but ________ (whatever) is also an option". And you might end up opting for a hysterectomy, but I feel you owe it to yourself to find out what options there are.

Just as a personal aside, it makes me a little nervous when doctors treat a suggestion/question for a second opinion lightly. Prior to my hysterectomy, my doctor gave me the name of a gyn/onc (without my asking), said if I would like to see her that that was where he usually referred to but that he could give me other names if I preferred. My situation was precancerous, but due to a long history of problems and some other extenuating circumstances, a TAH was the best option for me.

It's just something to consider, Lady. If you feel 100% comfortable with your doctor's opinion, then you certainly have every right to go that route. Good luck, whatever you decide!

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