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Unread 03-28-2003, 09:20 PM
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I had a hysterectomy in January because of CINIII/CIS. Cancer runs like water in my family. I mean big time, I have lost my mother at 46, 2 aunts and 1 uncle. I have also had 1 aunt, 3 cousins and 2 uncles all diagnosed and in remission from cancer. These are all different kinds of cancer. My family is not that big, it just hits everyone.

My curiosity is because when I was diagnosed with this it was from my regular gyn. He did the surgery and I did not seek a second opinion. The pathology came back and seems ok, I requested copies of the surgery and pathology report. I dont see anything strange, this is what it says:

1. Cervical Transformation zone with focal sever squamous dysplasia/carcinoma in situ (CIN III)
2. Chronic Cervicitis with nabothian cysts.
3. Secretory Endometrium

Nothing seems out of the ordinary. The cervix and uterus weighed 114 grams combined (about normal?) It also says although the dysplasia focally involves endocervical glands, there is no definite evidence of invasive malignancy. The dysplasia appears to be confined to the transformation zone.

I am sure these are ok too although I dont like the words 'no definite eveidence' and 'appears to be'.

My questions is do you think I should still see an onc? Is there no use in it? Is it too late? I dont think I would worry that much if it were not for the fact that most of my family doesn't make it past 45-50 because of cancer. Any ideas? I know that I should not worry anymore, everything is gone. I just cant seem to get it out of my mind.

Some of you are going through so much and I am asking silly questions. I feel quite stupid doing it. I even bought pins supporting 'female' cancers (teal ribbons) for me and my mother in law because just a few months later and who knows what would be happening to me.

You all are so strong, my prayers are with you!

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Unread 03-28-2003, 10:17 PM
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yes, see an onclogist! I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 years ago and almost "escaped" having to do chemo. The decision to do chemo was based on the size of the tumor. But now that I look back I realize that chemo was my insurance policy. With your family history see at least 2-3 oncloogists. It is amazing how many differing opinions there are out there. Good luck to you!!!
Unread 03-28-2003, 10:43 PM
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Hi Keri!

I think a second opinion is a good idea if for no other reason than to make you feel comfortable. Given your family history, I can understand why you still feel a bit uneasy.....and won't it be nice to have a second (expert) dr tell you everything looks good!

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Unread 03-29-2003, 07:58 AM
Definitely with Family History

You will feel much more comfortable with a gyn/onc reviewing everything. This Dr. may want to watch you more closely or maybe do some more tests just to be extra careful. It's a good idea given your family history.
Unread 03-31-2003, 06:26 AM
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Definitely get a second opinion. Part of good medical care is easing your fears.

Cancer also runs rampant in my family, but they're all usually much older. I was the youngest at age 54. My family gets cancer, beats cancer for decades, and eventually succumbs at age 80 to 90.

My mother use to say it's not as bad as a stroke because you can still feed yourself and it's not as bad as a heart attack because you can still enjoy sex. With eating and sex, what more do you need!!
Unread 04-01-2003, 06:30 AM
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I would go for peace of mind. Everything is probably fine but it's good to hear it from an expert.

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