Re: I need feedback on precancerous cells in cer
Hi Tracey! I can certainly understand how nervous you are about this situation. I am also young (26), so I'm sure my parents felt similar to you. Timber gave you some good info, but I just wanted to add a little more, especially emotional support. I had 2 of the procedures that you are talking about - cone biopsies/cold knife conizations. They were both outpatient and I was back to normal fairly quickly. I'm curious what *new* procedure your daughter will be having. Cryotherapy is not new (freezing the cells on the cervix), but some women with mild dysplasia have great success with it.
As far as the HPV goes, it is true that as many as 90% of people will have it at some point in their lives. Researchers are sure that this is the main cause behind dysplasia and cervical cancer. The good news is that we as women can do things to help our bodies recover from HPV like quitting smoking, exercising, vitamins, limiting stress, etc. The fact that both your daughter and her fiance have HPV is not the end all. It is possible that she will recover and not have to deal with this again.
And just for reference, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in November, had 2 surgeries, and now am trying to get pregnant. I will have a hysterectomy (preventative) eventually, but my docs are confident that I will be okay.
Good luck to you and your daughter!
Meg, 26, 1a1 cervical adenocarcinoma, cone 12/12/05, 2nd cone/pelvic lymphadenectomy 3/1/06, NED
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