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Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian Message Board


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Milimoki, I'm glad I said something that helped a bit.

If your mother's pathology report shows "in situ" then that literally means "in location." That means it is (and there are different thoughts on this) either the highest level of precancer (like above a CIN III) OR it is the lowest level of cancer (that is "in location" and hasn't spread) with a level of 0 (zero). This is HIGHLY treatable with a 100% survival rate.

As far as how do they know it has spread . . . My doctor did progressively more invasive tests to see the depth of my atypical cells: pap and HPV/DNA test, colposcopy (w/ possible biopsy), ECC (endocervical curettage), cold knife cone biopsy, another cone biopsy, then the hysterectomy.

Cervical cancer cannot be detective via a blood test, so they can't determine if it is spread or getting worse by a blood test.

If the doctors determine that the cancer is in-situ, then it is possible the doctor will only do a LEEP or cone biopsy. A hysterectomy might also be an option.

As far as pain from a hysterectomy, I won't lie. There is pain. I'm 16 days post op. I am moving slowly and with some discomfort - especially after sitting too long, BUT I can: lay on my side, can almost lay on my tummy, can drive my car, can pick things off the floor (but very carefully, and not very often). The doctors recommend 4-8 weeks off of work for recovery (depending on the type of hysterectomy). After a few weeks, most women are moving about somewhat normally (but carefully and not a LOT), they just get tired pretty quickly and require frequent rests. There is a lifting restriction for the first 2-6 weeks of nothing over 5-15 pounds (depending on the doctor).

Back to your question about the 1%. The cancer I have/had (but has been removed according to the pathology report) was one of the tiny percents. The type of cancer I had (in the epithelial cells) grows faster (is more difficult to find) than the other type of cancer (squamous - which is more common, easier to find, and slower growing). It still took years to grow. My cancer was found early enough that it was very treatable, and easily treatable.

I hope that helps answer your questions.





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